fallacy & summary assignments
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Discussion Questions. To facilitate discussions and encourage doing the readings, you will email me three discussion questions inspired by the assigned reading by midnight of the day before we are due to discuss it (M/W). These questions may range from somewhat "superficial" questions about the content of the reading to truly "deep" questions about the implications of the reading, integrating other sources from your own life, introspection, experiences, or plain speculation. To help you understand what kind of questions I'm talking about, for the first three weeks I will supply the questions and your job will be to email me the answers by the regular deadline and to be ready to discuss, defend, and perhaps even relinquish your answers in class.
Group Assignments. During the course of the class there will be several group assignments that will have as purpose to integrate or apply what we have discussed so far. Before each of these assignments you will be given a series of questions to think about or exercises to complete in preparation for the group assignment to come. These assignments will be evaluated as a group.
Fallacy and Summary. To keep in mind the issue of critical thinking and to expand our vocabulary, we will begin each class by explaining and discussing common logical fallacies. During the semester, each of you will be responsible for choosing and explaining one common fallacy. You can choose one from wikipedia (this one also has good examples). Soon we will be able to acuse one another of committing the falacy of converse accident or whatnot. (Note: Using obscure terminology is not a sanctioned way of arguing a point in this class, but go ahead and use it at cocktail parties.)
In addition, once during the semester, each of you will be responsible for emailing me a one-paragraph summary of what we discussed in class. At the beginning of the class we will review this summary to enhance our ability to integrate the material discussed from class to class.
Final paper and Presentation. The final paper (8-12 typed, double-spaced pages) and presentation (about 20 minutes) should be on a topic of interest to you that is related to the content of the course. We will discuss this in more detail later in the course. Preparing these papers will require much work, thought and outside research, so you will do well to start early. The following timeline is designed to ensure that you make progress on your paper (4 of the 40 points for the paper will come from simply making each of the 4 deadlines before the final due date) and that you receive feedback on it before turning in the final version.
|Oct. 17||Paper topic|
|Oct. 31||Outline and references|
|Nov. 16||Paper draft|
|Dec. 14||Final paper|
|Fallacy & Summary||10|
Letter grades will be assigned as follows.
|A+ = 98-100||B+ = 88-89||C+ = 78-79||D+ = 68-69|
|A = 92-97||B = 82-87||C = 72-77||D = 62-67|
|A- = 90-91||B- = 80-81||C- = 70-71||D- = 60-61|
|F < 60|
|Week 1||Aug 29||Introduction
|Aug 31||Language and thought -- related, how?
Premack, 04, Q1
|Week 2||Sep 5||Language of Thought
Pinker, 94, Q2
|Sep 7||Language for Thought
Boroditsky, in press
|Not-so-controversial Language Effects|
|Week 3||Sep 12||Labeling effects on categorization - adults
Goldstone, Lippa, & Shiffrin, 01, Post your questions here.
|Sep 14||Labeling effects on categorization - babies
|Week 4||Sep 19||Verbal mediation
Emerson & Miyake, 02
|Sep 21||Assignment - mechanisms
no reading, but answer this for a class activity.
|Different languages - Cross-cultural research|
|Week 5||Sep 26||Space
Majid et al, 04
|Week 6||Oct 3||Gender
Borodistky, Schmidt & Phillips, 03
|Oct 5||Assignment: methods
no reading, but answer this for a class activity.
|More than one language - Bilingualism|
|Week 7||Oct 10||Bilingual Brains
Perani et al, 98
Bialystok et al, 04
|Week 8||Oct 17||Discuss paper topics||Paper topic due|
Marian & Kaushanskaya, 04
|Week 9||Oct 24|| Education
Lesaux & Siegel, 03
|Oct 26||Assignment: policy
Answer this for a class activity.
|Any language at all - Special cases|
|Week 10||Oct 31||Overview
|Outline & refs due|
Kaminski et al, 04, Markman & Abelev, 04
|Week 11||Nov 7||Chimps
Tomasello et al, 03
|Nov 9||Nicaraguan Sign Language
Senghas et al, 05
|Week 12||Nov 14||Specific Language Impairment
SLI fact sheet
|Paper Draft due|
|Week 13||Nov 21-24||Fall/Thanksgiving Break|
|Putting it all together|
|Week 14||Nov 28||Language and Society
Sexism: A Person Paper on Purity in Language by William Satire (Douglas Hostsadter)
Guidelines for the Use of Nonsexist Language, University of New Hampshire
Adam C., Louise, Laura
|Week 15||Dec 5||Presentations
Adam R., Shawn, Annie
Katherine, Homan, Zach
|Week 16||Dec 12|| Presentations
Sophia, Kristen, Sean, Tyffanie
|Dec 14||Presentations & Wrap-up
Kayvan, Baily, Latoya
|Final paper due