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Swayam Central

Language and Mind

By Prof. Rajesh Kumar   |   IIT Madras
Language learning can be put under three broad perspectives. Some believe language is pairing of lexicon and syntax i.e. of words and the set of rules that defines how we can combine those words most fundamental of these rules are innate i.e. they are already there in the human mind before it is exposed to society. This means there is perhaps an innate Language Faculty. Still others believe that General Cognitive Abilities that account for other kinds of learning can also account for language. There are many others who strongly believe that language is essentially socially embedded and that all learning takes place through social interactions. This course will briefly account for the most convincing position and will argue for it from generative perspective and biological foundations of language. Throughout the course we will try to be familiar with relationship between language and human mind; to understand language as a special purpose cognitive ability; and to understand underlying mental computation for natural language processing.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Anyone interested in the topic. 
PREREQUISITES :   NIL
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  NIL

Learners enrolled: 1241

SUMMARY

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 20 Mar 2020
Exam Date : 29 Mar 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1: On Language 
     What is Language?
    What is scientific about language?
    How is language constitutive of being human?
    Distinction between human and non-human language
    Origin of language
    What is the relationship between language and mind?
    How do children acquire language?
    Nature of learning language
    Generative foundation of language acquisition
    Biological foundation of Language
    Language acquisition device
    Universal grammar

    Week 2: Language in Mind
    Acquisition and/or learning
    I-language and Innateness
    Patterns – Universal Grammar
    Human Brain
    Language deficit/ loss

    Week 3: Patterns in sounds and words
    Sounds
    Vowels/Consonants
    Places and manners of articulation
    Features of sounds

    Week 4: Words and sentences
    Words
    Constraints of patterns in words
    Cluster as constraints
    Syllables

    Week 5: Grammar
    Parts of sentences
    Subjects/ Predicates
    Lexical categories
    Functional categories
    Nature of verbs

    Week 6: Advanced Grammar
    Complement/ adjunct
    Restrictions
    Semantic relations
    Case
    Movement

    Week 7: Levels of representation and principles of grammar
    Movement/displacement
    Motivation for the movement
    Complementizer phrase
    Case assignment
    Passive morphology and NP movement
    D structure
    Binding theory
    Indices and antecedents
    Co-indexing
    Constraints

    Week 8: Language and cognition
    Compound verb 
    Negation
    Language and Cognition 
    Goal of cognitive sciences
    Computational linguistics- goals, breakthroughs and challenges
    Language and mind

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    • Chomsky, N. (2006). Language and Mind. New York: Cambridge University Press.
    • Harris, C.L. (2003). ‘Language and cognition’. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. London: MacMillan.
    • Hauser, M.D., Chomsky, N., and Fitch, W.T. (2002). ‘Faculty of language: What is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?’ Science, 298, 1569-1579.
    • Jackendoff, R. (1993). Patterns in human mind. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
    • Jackendoff, R. (2014). ‘How did language begin?’ Retrieved from http://www.linguisticsociety.org/files/LanguageBegin.pdf
    • Pinker, S. and Jackendoff, R. (2004). ‘The faculty of language: What’s special about it?’ Cognition, 95, 201-236.
    • Pool, G. (2011). Syntactic theory (2 ed). London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. Rajesh Kumar

    IIT Madras
    Rajesh Kumar PhD (Illinois) 
    Associate Professor
    Office: HSB 345
    I I T Madras
    Chennai - 600036.
    Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4537

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 29th March 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments
    given in the course.
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75.
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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