BOLD signal activations for center-embedded structures (e.g., "The juice that the child spilled stained the rug.") compared to right-branching structures (e.g., "The child spilled the juice that stained the rug."). (Image by Prof. Edward Gibson.)
This two-week introductory course, taught in January, is designed to build interest for students and researchers in the field of language and mind. The lecture notes
provide an overview of the field, and the related resources
link to areas that can provide more information for further study. The study materials
are designed to focus on the important topics in this field.
This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.
This course will address some fundamental questions regarding human language: (1) how language is represented in our minds; (2) how language is acquired by children; (3) how language is processed by adults; (4) the relationship between language and thought; (5) exploring how language is represented and processed using brain imaging methods; and (6) computational modeling of human language acquisition and processing.