Cog-A: Language, Comics, Syntax, & Modularity(John E. Drury, Stony Brook University)
This seminar is available to all students. it is intended for those interested in cognitive modularity
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.