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This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:PLIN7311 (Add to my personalised list)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):2, 3
Module prerequisites:PLIN1201 Introduction to Generative Grammar A or equivalent 
Module outline:This course provides an introduction to the neuroscience of language and the role that linguistic theory plays in this domain. The ultimate goal of neuroscience of language is to understand how language is represented and processed in the brain. Some background knowledge in the nature of language representations, anatomy and neuroscientific methods are necessary for reading research papers in this area. Some basic linguistic knowledge is assumed (see prerequisites) otherwise we will cover this basic background knowledge throughout the course.  
Module aims:- To understand basic neurological methods and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each - Critically read and understand experimental papers on how language is processed and the brain regions responsible - Understand and describe recent findings from experimental work on language processing considering theoretical linguistics  
Module objectives:The intended learning outcomes for the module are: - Identify key anatomical structures in the brain relevant to language processing - Describe experimental techniques to study language and the brain (i.e., lesion, fMRI, ERP) - Compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques - Apply theoretical linguistics to the evaluation of experimental designs and results - Describe and explain key neurolinguistic findings (e.g., phoneme processing, processing derived words, syntactic processing) - Describe and critique key neurolinguistic theories (e.g., Tree Pruning Hypothesis, Trace Deletion Hypothesis, Generalized Minimality) - Relate experimental findings from different areas of language processing - Make experimental predictions based on neurolinguistic theories - Design mini experiments to test theoretical predictions  
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 75.00%
One essay (1,000 words) 25.00% 
Notes:available as subsidiary course (numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact  
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option 
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Last updated:2017-08-18 09:30:14 by ucjta24