Human Languages and Human Nature

Paul Pietroski (Philosophy)

What are languages? What’s special about the languages—e.g., spoken English and ASL—that human children can so rapidly acquire? In what ways are humans linguistically special, compared with other animals? And how might our distinctive linguistic capacities have emerged in natural history? The goal of the seminar is to provide an accessible introduction to these questions and how we can start to address them, given tools from linguistics, psychology, and philosophy.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 75 index 12382