SPCH70700 - Language Science
70700 - Language Science - 3 Credits
COURSE OFFERING: Fall 2013
Professor John Locke
This seminar in communication science addresses all forms of face-to-face social communication that have been scientifically verified. Where words have traditionally been the sole focus of language science, with the occasional nod to “nonverbal communication,” here we will look at research carried out in the last several decades, much of it in the frameworks of evolutionary psychology and social cognition, and attempt to answer a single over-arching question: If, as we know, messages cannot be evaluated independently of the sender, what do we learn about others as a result of being around them, how is this information conveyed and what, if anything, do receivers do to get it? That is, what are the cues, and how do they leave others and enter us? In pursuit of answers, we will consider information processing systems that operate automatically and unconsciously, and attempt something that has never been achieved: a unified model of human communication.