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Language and the Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Key Information

Module code
ISSU1043
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Wing-Yee Chow
Pre-requisites
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent
Assessment method
Three class quizzes (75%; 25% each), Presentation (25%)
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Module overview

This module is an introduction to Psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary field of study which aims to understand how humans learn, represent, comprehend, and produce language. It will begin by asking what it means to know a language and explore the nature of our linguistic competence. Students will examine core properties of mental representations and processes involved in acquiring and understanding language, and how linguistic processes unfold in real time. Finally, students will explore issues in perception, production and acquisition in three core domains: speech sounds, words, and sentences.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Appreciate of the relations between Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology and make links between different areas of Cognitive Science
  • Appreciate how knowledge is created in Cognitive Science through hands-on experience
  • Be familiar with major theoretical models of language processing and representation
  • Have gained a solid understanding of both the research methodologies used in Psycholinguistics and many of the well-established major findings in the field
  • Have developed active-learning and transferable skills (e.g. critical thinking, communication, and group work skills)

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • Three short quizzes (75%; 25% per quiz)
  • Oral presentation (25%)

Module leader

Dr Wing-Yee Chow is a lecturer in Experimental Linguistics at University College London. Prior to this, she was an undergraduate at McGill University; a PhD student at University of Maryland and a postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language. Her research examines how humans process language in real time, which lies at the intersection of Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology.

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