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Neurolinguistics: Language & the Brain - LAN00035H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eytan Zweig
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • 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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the 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
  • Have experience reading and critiquing primary research in neurolinguistics


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 60
Open Examination (6 day week)
Open Exam
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 60
Open Examination (6 day week)
Open Exam
N/A 40

Module feedback

Formative assessment

There will be several formative quizzes during seminars in spring term, in order to allow students to get feedback on their level of knowledge of key terms and concepts.

Guided readings
Students will be assigned readings with guiding questions, and they will need to write group reports on the readings during some of the seminars; the students will receive oral and written feedback for this work.

Summative assessment

Open Exam

Feedback: Feedback for the open exam will be given to students at the beginning of summer term.

Indicative reading

Libben, Gary. 2005. Brain and language. In O'Grady, W., Archibald, J., Aronoff, M. & Rees-Miller, J (eds.). (2005) Contemporary Linguistics: an introduction. New York: Bedford/St Martins.

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