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Learning Mechanisms in Phonological Development - LAN00020M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module aims:

to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how linguistic system can be seen to be constructed by the individual child, based on general capacities for implicit and explicit memory, together with speech perception and production;

to introduce students to the idea of action as a basis for learning, and to relate Dynamic Systems theory to phonological development.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should:

gain an appreciation of the power of human learning and an understanding of the difference between learning with and without attention and the value to learning of having two independent systems;

understand the basic principles of Dynamic Systems theory and be able to relate them to phonological development and the data of individual children.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay (5000 words)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay (5000 words)
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

Thelen, E. & Smith, L. B. (1994). A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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