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Information for module PLING155

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Module code:PLING155 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Animal Communication and Human Language
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
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Organiser's location:Chandler House
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Module prerequisites:Introductory courses in meaning, syntax and phonology, or equivalent  
Module outline:This course will survey what is currently known about animal communication systems, and compare them to what we know about human language (including phonology, syntax, and semantics/pragmatics).  
Module aims:The course aims to engage students in the debate about whether human language and the communication systems of other species are different in kind or just in degree. Is the faculty of language found only in humans? The introductory courses have given you a reasonable understanding of the complexities of human language, and the course will compare other species' systems to those of humans. You will also learn how to be sceptical of the more extreme claims of both sides in this active debate.  
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Module assessment:One piece of coursework (3,000 words) 100.00% 
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option module 
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