Course Code: OHL02
Open for Enrollment
The first part of this course compares human society to that of the great ape, and discusses the communication of early hominid. The second part looks at the emergence of primate songs. Coursework will specifically address the question: what components of the primate communication are integrated in the emergence of language in evolution?
By the end of this course you should be able to:
describe and explain the fundamental gaps of communications between humans and nonhuman primates
describe some of common characteristics between humans and great ape societies
describe how our ancestors would communicate in social groups before emergence of language
describe the divergence of communication in primates
describe the emergence of primate songs in small apes
describe and explain the preadaptive perspectives for emergence of language and song in primate lineage
No background is assumed.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to complete assessable quizzes. These will be automatically marked.
Certificate of achievement
Participants who successfully complete the assessable aspects of the course are eligible to receive a certificate of achievement if you score at least 60% overall. Participants have the option of purchasing a Certificate of Achievement signed by the instructors.
This is the final part of the three part Origins of Human Languages series. You can purchase certificates for all three courses at a special bundle price.
Find the registration pages for series 1 and 2 below:
You can choose how you interact with this course. Following registration you can:
a. Study all of the content and complete the assessable quizzes. You will receive a certificate of achievement if you pass the assessment.
b. Opt not to submit the assessment but participate in the course, accessing the lectures, content, and quizzes. You will not receive a certificate.
There are 12 modules. Each module should take 45 minutes to one hour complete, including the quizzes. Beyond that, it is how much time you want to spend participating in the forum discussion.
The 12 modules will be released every two days.
Take the time to prepare before lectures commence. Familiarize yourself with the site, watch the required videos, introduce yourself with a post to the forum, and join in the discussions.
Communication before language and evolution of human society (Juichi Yamagiwa)
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Social interactions in competitive situations
Module 3: Face-to-face interaction
Module 4: Food sharing
Module 5: Human life history traits
Module 6: Community structure
Primate songs and human language (Hiroki Koda)
Module 7: What is shared in primate lineages?
Module 8: Primate songs
Module 9: Gibbon song evolution
Module 10: Gibbon song development
Module 11: Pre-adaptive perspectives
Module 12: Integration of precursors gives us the faculty of language
Juichi Yamagiwa is a professor at Kyoto University
Hiroki Koda is an assistant professor at Kyoto University
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Origins of Human Language - Primate Origins of Human Language