This module focuses on the relation between the grammar and the parser and between linguistic theory and psycholinguistics. This module builds on the Autumn term module Psycholinguistics (LAN00027H) and aims to support independent research in experimental psycholinguistics, with a focus on sentence processing by encouraging discussion with staff and peers engaged in related research.
Besides introducing current approaches to the relation between the grammar and the parser, the course provides specific examples of how linguistic analysis can shape our understanding of cognitive mechanisms (e.g. memory).
By the end of the module students should:
Note that a Research Extension module can be taken alongside this module, for students who wish to write a dissertation.
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed:
2 contact hours per week of lectures and practical work or seminars.
The course will focus on sentence processing, providing examples of the contribution of sophisticated linguistic theory to the understanding of memory mechanisms and apparent cross-linguistic and cross-population variation in processing. Issues at the interface of syntax with memory, pragmatics and prosody will be discussed, together with issues in language acquisition and impairment (the course might not cover each of these topics every year). Discussion of specific issues in experimental psycholinguistics will be carried on alternating traditional lectures with seminar-style teaching.
Topics will include:
A pack of readings will be available.
Student presentations in the seminars serve as formative work. Oral feedback will be provided during the seminars.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in:
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About this module
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Advanced topics in psycholinguistics
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