COGST 3500

COGST 3500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This class proposes to rethink human language "uniqueness" thanks to an exploration of interspecies communication, connecting philosophy (through a focus on ancient Greek and French materials) with cognitive science, biology and experimental psychology. Mixing eras and texts, we'll first consider the traditional theoretical framing about language in humans within the European tradition (reading for instance Democritus, Aristotle, Montaigne, Descartes, Buffon). From there, we'll examine the theories and practices used in diverse 20th C. attempts to teach "language" to non-human species (apes, especially, but also dolphins and parrots). We will also reflect on the more recent lines of work on interspecific lexicons (among different monkey species for instance) or multispecies choruses in the wild—and signaling between humans and domesticated species, through multiple (sometimes technological) interfaces.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS, ETM-AS)

View Enrollment Information

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19100 COGST 3500   SEM 101

    • TR
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Dubreuil, L

  • Instruction Mode: In Person