LINGUIST List 14.3075

Mon Nov 10 2003

FYI: MSc/PhD: Evolution of Language and Cognition

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  1. Simon Kirby, MSc/PhD: Evolution of Language and Cognition

Message 1: MSc/PhD: Evolution of Language and Cognition

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 06:45:37 +0000
From: Simon Kirby <>
Subject: MSc/PhD: Evolution of Language and Cognition

One year taught Masters & PhD programme

University of Edinburgh, UK

What is it that makes us human? How did our brains evolve? What are
the origins of human language? Why do we think the way we do? What are
the mechanisms of biological, cultural and linguistic evolution?

The University of Edinburgh is introducing a new Postgraduate
Programme in the Evolution of Language and Cognition. Students will
tackle the key questions that are at the heart of the recent
renaissance in the scientific study of the origins and evolution of
human language and cognition.

The programme consists of two components: an interdisciplinary 1 year
taught Masters degree, and a supervised PhD. Students will apply for
one or the other degree, depending on background and experience. The
MSc year can be used as preparation for the PhD.

Human evolution is a topic for cognitive scientists, psychologists,
linguists, archaeologists, anthropologists, biologists, and computer
scientists. Because of this, the postgraduate programme will suit
students from a wide range of backgrounds. If you are interested in
learning more about the evolution of human cognition and language, and
about the many disciplines that contribute to its study, we'd like to
hear from you.

We are now accepting applications for entry to the MSc in September
2004, and for entry to the PhD at any time.

To find out more about the course, and what it will be like to live
and work in Edinburgh, go to our website. Here you will also find full
details about how to apply.

[Please feel free to pass on this email to anyone who might be interested.]

Simon Kirby
Language Evolution & Computation Research Unit
School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh 
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