Language and Mind

Course code LING3110Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
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
Content1. 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.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING1110 & LING1120 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay (2500 words) - 40%
Quiz - ClassFour multiple-choice quizzes - 15% each (appr. in weeks 5, 8, 11, 14) - 60%.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term