Introduction to the course

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Brain and Language, Fall 2021

LING 4110/5110 & NSCI 4110/6110

MWF 02:00 - 02:50 pm, GI 126A

Syllabus

Prerequisites

There aren’t any.

I do not take anything for granted and so will explain all background information, or at least suggest places where you can find it on your own.

Objectives

The objectives of this course are to understand:

  1. how the brain is organized to comprehend and produce language,

  2. the time course of language processing, and

  3. language disorders attendant on brain damage.

Outcomes

For you to demonstrate your understanding of these objectives, you will perform the following tasks:

  1. Take a quiz almost every Monday, during the first 10 minutes of class, covering the material since the previous Monday. No make-up quizzes will be given, but I will drop your lowest grade. [(13-1) * 8.3% = 1000%]. If you notify me of an absence early enough before a quiz, I will not hold it against you.

  2. CANCELLED: Turn in a project by the final exam time, on a topic of your choice. Graduate students are expected to put more effort into the final project. [20%]

Class participation

There is no credit for class participation, but I will change a X- into a Y+ if I notice you participating in class.

Why no credit?

  • I will post my PowerPoint presentation to Canvas.

  • I will record every class and post it to Canvas.

Final project

FINAL EXAMS ARE CANCELLED!

Learning outcomes for Linguistics and Neuroscience

Todo

add this

Grade equivalences

89.5-91.4 A-

91.5-100 A

79.5-81.4 B-

81.5-87.4 B

87.5-89.4 B+

69.5-71.4 C-

71.5-77.4 C

77.5-79.4 C+

59.5-61.4 D-

66.5-67.4 D

67.5-69.4 D+

0-59.4 F

Code of Academic Conduct

The Code of Academic Conduct begins as so:

The integrity of the Newcomb-Tulane College is based on the absolute honesty of the entire community in all academic endeavors. As part of the Tulane University community, undergraduate students have certain responsibilities regarding work that forms the basis for the evaluation of their academic achievement. Students are expected to be familiar with these responsibilities at all times. No member of the university community should tolerate any form of academic dishonesty because the scholarly community of the university depends on the willingness of both instructors and students to uphold the Code of Academic Conduct. When a violation of the Code of Academic Conduct is observed it is the duty of every member of the academic community who has evidence of the violation to take action. Students should take steps to uphold the code by reporting any suspected offense to the instructor or the Associate Dean of Newcomb-Tulane College. Students should under no circumstances tolerate any form of academic dishonesty.

For the rest of it and further information, point your browser at Code of Academic Conduct.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodation should:

  1. Contact the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility.

  2. Bring official notice to me from them indicating the sort of accommodation that you need. This should be done before the first quiz.

Schedule of topics

There is no textbook, because the only ones available are out of date. I will try to get you to the bleeding edge in neurolinguistics by the reading of the most up-to-date review and research articles that are appropriate for an introductory course. There will usually be one or two pdfs posted to Blackboard for you to read in conjunction with my guidance in the chapters below. It should take you 2-3 hours of preparation per class day.

Day

_Date_

Wkdy

Topic

Quiz

1

23 Aug

M

Overview of the course

2

25 Aug

W

Fields of linguistics

3

27 Aug

F

Induction (Philosophy), Models, Frequency

4

13 Sep

M

Brain microstructure

5

15 Sep

W

Methodologies for investigating the brain

6

17 Sep

F

Auditory transduction 1

7

20 Sep

M

Auditory transduction 2

Q1

8

22 Sep

W

Subcortical audition

24 Sep

F

FALL BREAK

9

27 Sep

M

Auditory cortex 1 (in person)

Q2

10

29 Sep

W

Auditory cortex 2

11

01 Sep

F

Auditory cortex 3

12

04 Sep

M

Auditory cortex 4

Q3

13

06 Sep

W

STG and STS

14

08 Sep

F

Phonological network 2

15

11 Sep

M

Wernicke’s aphasia

Q4

16

13 Sep

W

Dorsal stream

17

15 Oct

F

Sensorimotor interface 1

18

18 Oct

M

Sensorimotor interface 2

Q5

19

20 Oct

W

Articulatory network 1

20

22 Oct

F

Articulatory network 2

21

25 Oct

M

Articulatory network 3

Q6

22

27 Oct

W

Articulatory network 4

23

29 Oct

F

Ventral pathway

24

01 Oct

M

Lexical interface 1

Q7

25

03 Oct

W

Lexical interface 2

26

05 Oct

F

Lexical interface 3

27

08 Oct

M

Lexical interface 4

Q8

28

10 Oct

W

Lexical interface 5

29

12 Nov

F

Lexical interface 6

30

15 Nov

M

Morphology 1

Q9

31

17 Nov

W

Morphology 2

32

19 Nov

F

Syntax 1

22 Nov

M

THANKSGIVING

24 Nov

W

THANKSGIVING

26 Nov

F

THANKSGIVING

33

29 Nov

M

Syntax 2

Q10

34

01 Dec

W

Syntax 3

35

03 Dec

F

Syntax 4

36

06 Dec

M

Syntax 5

Q11

37

08 Dec

W

Syntax 6

38

10 Dec

F

Discourse 1

39

13 Dec

M

Discourse 2

Q12

40

15 Dec

W

Discourse 3

41

17 Dec

F

Discourse 4

42

21 Dec

Tu

The last day

Q13

Final exam day

FINAL EXAMS ARE CANCELLED!

About us

About me

  • Prof. Harry Howard

  • Office hours: MTW 3-4 pm & by appointment in Newcomb Hall 322-D

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About you

At this point in the class, I ask everyone to interview a person sitting near them to find out …

  • his or her name and major;

  • where he or she is from;

  • what he or she knows about linguistics and/or neuroscience;

… and to be prepared to report what they have learned to the class.

However, there are too many of us to do this in any kind of efficient way, so let’s do it online. I would like to use Canvas, but it has eaten the NSCI sections, so I will get back to you later.

Graduate students

Any graduate students should see me briefly after class.

Powerpoint and podcast

  • Aug 28 (M), day 1: there is no Powerpoint nor podcast for today; everything is in this document.

The next topic

Come to class having read Fields of linguistics and answered the questions.


Last edited Sep 15, 2021