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Language processing and acquisition

For students who want to specialize in psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, or language acquisition, the programme offers various courses that focus on how children learn their mother tongue and how people of all ages acquire a second (or third) language. Children the world over learn language in similar ways, and the explanation of this basic fact is the site of intense theoretical debate. Second Language Acquisition has certain things in common with learning a mother tongue, but there are also differences, which in turn feed more empirical data into the theoretical debate alluded to. Learning a second language is often done in school, with a standard variety as the target, which means testing a student's knowledge is an important topic.

Relevant courses are listed below.
Note: Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are offered in alternate years. If a course is not offered in the current academic year, this is indicated under 'period' as 'not offered in 2020-2021'.

Course name Credits (EC) Course code Period
Multimodal Language and Cognition: Gesture and Sign 6 LET-REMA-LCEX21 1-2
Psychology of Language and Cultural Cognition 6 LET-REMA-LCEX29 1-2
* Speech Production and Comprehension 6 LET-REMA-LCEX17 1-2; not offered in 2020-2021
The Syntax-Semantics Interface 6 LET-REMA-LCEX16 1-2
* Variation and Change in English: Present and Past 6 LET-REMA-LCEX31 1-2; not offered in 2020-2021
Technology-enhanced Language Learning 6 LET-REMA-LCEX26 3
* Variation, Typology, and Optimality Theory 6 LET-REMA-LCEX30 3
Child Bilingualism 6 LET-REMA-LCEX27 3-4
Computational Psycholinguistics 6 LET-REMA-LCEX28 3-4
Syntax in the Lab 6 LET-REMA-LCEX32 3-4

For courses offered by Tilburg University, as part of the Linguistics and Information Sciences programme, see under TiU courses. For courses offered as part of the RU Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS) programme, see under CNS courses.