Program in Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD)
For students interested in the intersections between cognitive and cultural development of language, the Foundation for Psychocultural Research-Hampshire College Program in Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) provides a great resource. CBD is an interdisciplinary effort to reconceptualize the intersections of neuroscience, linguistics, anthropology, psychology, and related fields, sponsoring seminars, lectures, research grants, and cross-school courses.
Hampshire’s own event-related potential (ERP) laboratory, an electrophysiological data collection and brainwave-imaging facility, is available for use by students looking to conduct original, participatory research in the fields of linguistics and cognition.
CHAT (Computational Human Articulatory Theory)
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Hampshire’s “Inquiry-Based Learning: Cognitive Measures and Systems Support” grant group has developed a software program called CHAT (Computational Human Articulatory Theory). Developed by both students and faculty, CHAT is used for inquiry-based education in linguistics. The program is based on a variant of the Turing test and provides students with lexicon and grammatical rule-building tool kits based on current Chomskyan minimalist syntactic theory, in order to create and refine a formal theory of syntax. Instead of simply presenting students with the “correct” model of English, the program provides a framework, or a “language lab,” within which students can create and experiment with their own models.
Five College Consortium
The Linguistics Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst is a world-renowned program at the graduate and undergraduate levels, recently ranked first in quality of education by the National Research Council. This resource is open to Hampshire students through the Five College consortium, and many linguistics concentrators have taken graduate-level courses as part of their Hampshire education.