Yale University: PSYC 110 – Lecture 6

Lecture 6: How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth

One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This lecture introduces students to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. This lecture also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages across cultures.

Chapter 1. The Scientific Notion of Language and Structure
Chapter 2. Phonology: A System of Sounds
Chapter 3. Morphology: A System of Words
Chapter 4. Syntax: Communicating Complicated Ideas
Chapter 5. Question and Answer on Language Structure
Chapter 6. Noam Chomsky and Language Acquisition
Chapter 7. The Time Course of Language Acquisition