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PSYC 4468 Research Practicum in Language Acquisition & Development (Fall/Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Children have an instinct for language. Every typically-developing child learns language – something neither our most powerful machines or smartest non-human animals can do. Even adults do not learn language as quickly or successfully as children. If not exposed to a language, children will invent one. In this course, we try to understand how children learn language, why animals, machines, and adults have so much difficulty learning language, and what the answers to these questions say about what it means to be human. In addition to learning about language, students will engage in hands-on laboratory research, resulting in a scientific publication. No knowledge of statistics or computer programming is required; students will learn all required statistics and programming during the course of the semester.

Instructor(s): Joshua Hartshorne

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17