The course examines the relationship between language and thinking, as well as the relationship between language acquisition and cognitive development. The course also considers language processing and hemispheric specialisation; competing theories of language and language acquisition (e.g. constructivist, nativist, relativist and connectionist); and universals of language development.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of competing theories of language and language acquisition;
2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the neurological bases of language processing;
3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the nature of language acquisition universals;
4. demonstrate advanced presentational skills relevant to specialist studies in linguistics;
5. demonstrate advanced research and general information literacy skills.
- Main theories of first language acquisition: behaviorist approaches to language acquisition; Piaget's constructivism; Vygotsky's socio-semantic model; Chomsky's Universal Grammar; Whorfian relativism; connectionism.
- The neurological base of language: brain lateralisation; left hemisphere dominance; maturational constraints on language acquisition; language pathology.
- Evidence about the innateness of language: animal communication; developmental aspects of language; linguistic research into the acquisition of language universals.
- The lexicon and the brain: aspects of the acquisition of the lexicon; lexical storage and retrieval.
Literature Review: Literature Review
Exhibition / Poster: Poster Presentation