Linguistics, as one of the cognitive sciences, has much to offer the teaching of basic science, i.e., the teaching of how to ask and investigate interesting questions. Linguistics is particularly well-suited for teaching about the process of "doing" science because the methodology appropriate to the study of language from a generative viewpoint is, in fact, scientific methodology. Scientific methodology provides an orderly arrangement for, and analysis of, data and a means to search for relationships that explain and predict the behavior of the observed phenomena. The discipline has other practical advantages for teaching the scientific method: it has inherent interest, requires little advanced mathematics because it relies on forms of formal reasoning more easily accessible to many students, requires no expensive laboratories or equipment, has all the relevant data readily available to anyone who has acquired a language, has an immediate connection to computer science, and is central to cognitive science as the study of the human mind. (MSE)
In: Langendoen, D. Terence, Ed., Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Final Report; see FL 017 227.
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Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.