SPCH80500 - Seminar in Speech and Language: Argument in Neurolinguistics
80500 - Seminar in Speech and Language: Argument in Neurolinguistics - 3 Credits
COURSE OFFERING: Fall 2014
Day/Time: Wednesday 11:45am - 1:45pm
Instructor: Dr. Loraine Obler
In this course we will interrogate the logic of neurolinguistic argument. By way of historical background in the early weeks of the class we will review the 19th century origins of the field, abstracting the reasoning of Broca (1861, 1865) and Wernicke (1874), and the early 20th c. debates about brain regions responsible for language (Marie, 1906) along with a series of 1908 debates in the Neurological Society of Paris. We then turn to argument in the most recent decades when technological advances have permitted refined theorizing about language and its relation to the brain. Here we will consider, for example, the positions on whether Specific Language Impairment (SLI) exists or is, instead, Primary Language Impairment, competing explanations of agrammatism, and one or sets of target articles and comment in Behavior and Brain Sciences.
Rather than take a final exam, students will complete a literature review paper that sets up research questions for a project that would decide between two competing alternatives.