These change from year to year
(last update March 2007)
Language, Communication and
Development (3rd year)
In this, I am concerned with pre-linguistic
development as well as the earliest stages of language. You can
learn about my views by looking at my papers. In recent years,
the main source for this module has been Michael Tomasello's "Constructing
a Language" Harvard University Press, 2003. In future, I
intend to use this module to explore how language enables children
to develop what we call “selves”.
Language and Mind (1st year)
This module compares formalist
and culturalist views of language with a special eye to the psychology
of language. Our main focus is –not on describing languages
–but what it is about language that makes us human. We focus
on animal studies, the brain and comparing normal and anomalous
development. Source texts change from year to year.
Cognition (2nd year)
In this module, I use a distributed
view of cognition to rethink what we can do with written signs.
While I have not yet pursued this work in print, it is shown that
the change in perspective has important consequences for how we
conceptualise language, thinking, and what it is that we do when