Language and Cognition

Course code LING3110
Not available in 2015

Description

The course studies language processing and hemispheric specialisation; competing views of the language acquisition process (e.g. cognitivist, nativist, relativist and connectionist); the relationship between language development and the development of other cognitive capacities; and universals of language development.

Availability

Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of competing theories of language acquisition.

2. An understanding of the neurological bases of language processing.

3. An understanding of the nature of language acquisition universals.

4. Advanced presentational skills relevant to specialist studies in Linguistics.

5. Advanced research and general information literacy skills

Content

  1. Main theories of first language acquisition: behaviorist approaches to language acquisition; Piaget's constructivism; Chomsky's Universal Grammar; connectionism; Whorfian relativism.
  2. The neurological base of language: brain lateralisation; left hemispheric dominance; maturational constraints on language acquisition; language pathology; bilingualism
  3. Evidence about the innateness of language: animal communication; developmental aspects of language; linguistic research into the acquisition of language universals
  4. The lexicon and the brain: aspects of the acquisition of the lexicon; lexical storage and retrieval.

Assumed Knowledge

LING1110 & LING1120 or equivalent

Assessment Items

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Quiz: Quiz 3

Quiz: Quiz 4

Essay: Essay

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term