This course explores key issues related to the psychology of language: how humans process, produce and acquire different aspects of language. Major psychological processes and factors involved in language perception and production will be discussed. We will also critically examine the range of methods used in psycholinguistic and language acquisition research. This course lays the foundation for advanced courses in psycholinguistics and language acquisition (e.g. ENGL2115 Theories of language acquisition and ENGL2158 Language processing and learning).
The science of language, speech processing, word and sentence comprehension, language disorders, language acquisition, language and the brain
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
- explain key concepts and psycholinguistic mechanisms involved in language processing and learning;
- demonstrate a broad understanding of the nature of data and experimental methods involved in psycholinguistic research; and
- synthesize empirical studies and develop a critical stance in their interpretation and evaluation
A two-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar per week
- Participation (10%)
- Presentation (20%)
- Quiz (30%)
- Term essay (40%)
Sedivy, J. (2020). Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
Additional readings will also be recommended throughout the course.