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Language and the brain



The module aims to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the neural bases of language, focusing on areas involved in language comprehension.

The module further aims to help the students understand the relationship between neurolinguistics and linguistic theory.

In addition, the module aims to familiarise students with primary research in the field of Neurolinguistics.



  • Syntax, Phonetics and Phonology.

Also, for MA in psycholinguistics students:

  • Introduction to Language Acquisition

For MA in Linguistics students co-requisite:

  • Acquisition of Syntax by Children


  • Second Language Syntax

NB Students who have already taken UG Neurolinguistics in our department may not then take this module.



Contact hours

There will be a two-hour lecture, and a one hour seminar each week.

Teaching programme

At the end of the module, students will:

  • Understand basics of neurocognition, including basic knowledge of brain anatomy and neuroimaging methods;
  • Know a state-of-the-art picture of the neural bases of language and language processing;
  • Know how neurolinguistics both informs and is informed by linguistic theory;
  • Be able to read and understand neurolinguistic research publications.

Teaching materials

A reading pack will be made available



  • 5,000 word essay/project

About this module

  • Module name
    Language and the brain
  • Course code
    L60M (LAN00060M)
  • Teacher 
    Eytan Zweig
  • Term(s) taught
  • Credits