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67691-01 - Seminar: Comparative Approaches to Meaning and Arbitrariness 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Piera Filippi (piera.filippi@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt
During the course, students will learn to read and interpret philosophical and empirical work on meaning and arbitrariness in humans and nonhuman animals. The following topics will be covered:
1. Introduction to the concept of “meaning” in key theories of language.
2. Empirical work on meaning and arbitrariness in animals’ vocal and gestural communication.
3. Notions of arbitrariness.
4. Research on meaning and arbitrariness within the framework of language evolution studies.
5. The effect of non-arbitrary sound-meaning associations in language development.
Lernziele The overarching goal of this course is to develop the students’ knowledge on the concepts of meaning and arbitrariness within a comparative and evolutionary perspective across species. Specifically, students attending this course will improve their competences in relation to the following questions:
1. How can we analyze the concept of meaning within a cross-species perspective?
2. What are the notions involved in the concept of arbitrariness?
3. What is the role of non-arbitrary and arbitrary units in language development and language evolution?
4. What do animals’ signals mean?
5. Are nonhuman animals’ signals arbitrary?

In addition, to reach the overall goal of the course, we will work on the following methodological sub-aims: 1. Read and interpret philosophical work, connecting concepts across key theories of language. 2. Develop critical approach on empirical research on meaning and arbitrariness in human and nonhuman animals. 3. Practice interdisciplinary thinking through connecting philosophical concepts and empirical findings in biology and psycholinguistics.
Literatur A full list of references will be provided in the first sessions of the seminar.

- Lycan, W. G. (2018). Philosophy of language: A contemporary introduction. Routledge.
- Seyfarth, R. M., & Cheney, D. L. (2017). The origin of meaning in animal signals. Animal Behaviour, 124, 339-346.
- Dingemanse, M., Blasi, D. E., Lupyan, G., Christiansen, M. H., & Monaghan, P. (2015). Arbitrariness, iconicity, and systematicity in language. Trends in cognitive sciences, 19(10), 603-615.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen Nur für Studierende, die bereits mind. 8 KPs in Philosophie erworben haben.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 23.02.2023 – 01.06.2023
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 23.02.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 02.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachstferien
Donnerstag 09.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 16.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 23.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 30.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 06.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 13.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 20.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 27.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 04.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 11.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 18.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 25.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Donnerstag 01.06.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 105
Module Modul: Probleme der Theoretischen Philosophie (Bachelor Studienfach Philosophie)
Modul: Theoretische Philosophie (Master Studienfach Philosophie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Philosophie

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