How do children learn language? What about adults—isn’t it harder to learn a new language past puberty? What is the cognitive impact of bilingualism or multilingualism? How is language related to human emotion and behavior, including in treating mental illness? To develop answers to these questions, we will read and discuss articles, analyze videos of speakers, conduct and transcribe short interviews, and record and compare our own speech patterns. Each member of the class will prepare discussion questions twice during the term and will write a short paper relating language to another area within psychology.