Cog-A: Language, Comics, Syntax, & Modularity* (*advanced)(John E. Drury, Stony Brook University)
This seminar is advanced. It is available to all students with background in generative linguistics and/or cognitive psychology
This course will explore the idea that our ability to comprehend sequences of images as a story -- call this our Visual Narrative Capacity -- involves a component that combines sequential images into hierarchical / constituent structures. We will attempt to employ the analytical tools from linguistic theory to probe this sub-species of syntax in the particular form of visual narrative known as comics. Along the way we will raise bigger picture questions about the specificity/generality of the underlying biocognitive mechanisms supporting language and thought, and what kinds of argument and evidence may be relevant to adjudicating disputes between various theories/models that attempt to speak to these issues.