The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

The course studies language processing (psycholinguistics) and brain function related to language processing (neurolinguistics); competing views of the language acquisition process (e.g. nativist vs. cognitivist); the relationship between language development and the development of other cognitive capacities; and psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic research methods.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the differences between competing theories of language acquisition.

2. Describe the neurological bases of language processing with the description of specific regions of the brain involved in language comprehension and production.

3. Explain how speech perception in infants and young children are tested and what the research results suggest about language universals.

4. Construct and deliver a comprehensive academic presentation based on the literature review on a specific topic related to language and mind.

5. Conduct an advanced literature review on sentence processing and cognitive disorder and summarise the findings in a succinct manner.


Content

  1. Main theories of first language acquisition: Chomsky's Universal Grammar and nativists' approach vs. connectionism and anti-nativists' approach.
  2. The neurological base of language: brain lateralisation (left hemispheric dominance); brain functions for language comprehension and production; bilingual brain; language recovery after hemispheretomy/aphasia.
  3. Language development; speech perception in infants; cognitive development and Theory of Mind in young children.
  4. Word recognition (lexical knowledge storage and retrieval) and sentence processing in adults.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz (15%)

Essay: Essay (x 2) (30% each = 60% total)

Exhibition / Poster: Poster Presentation (25%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term