This year’s topic in linguistics is cognitive linguistics. Following the ‘cognitive revolution’ of the latter part of the twentieth century came the birth of a new subdiscipline of linguistics known as cognitive linguistics. The so-called ‘cognitive linguistics enterprise’ has since become highly influential; work in cognitive linguistics, and especially in such areas as blending theory and conceptual metaphor theory, is now positioned at the cutting edge of research in theoretical linguistics. Often heralded as a ‘more human’ alternative to formal models of language, cognitive linguistics draws on the findings of research in the cognitive sciences as a means to examining the relationship between language, body and mind. From this cognitive perspective, many of the principles underlying previous linguistic theories have come to be re-framed, re-examined and questioned.
At its heart, then, this course is an introduction to some of the most cutting-edge work being done in linguistics today, but one that is particularly cognizant of the legacy of linguistic theory and practice which has paved its way.
This course is intended to prepare students of linguistics for potential future work in the field at a graduate level, and the instructional models employed in this 300-level course reflect this aim. Class activities will be student-led, and students will be assessed on their presentation of the course material in class. The aims of this method of teaching and assessment are twofold: to prepare students for the highly interactive environment of a graduate school seminar room; and to provide students with a consistent method of continuous assessment throughout the course.

This course also includes a skills component. Through a series of carefully planned step-by-step assignments which will culminate in a final term paper, students will develop key skills in research, thus preparing themselves for more advance research at the postgraduate level.
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