LET-TWM-NTC403
Early Language Perception and Production
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-TWM-NTC403
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Dutch Literature and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
Examiner
prof. dr. J.P.M. Fikkert
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Lecturer
prof. dr. J.P.M. Fikkert
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J.P.M. Fikkert
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Academic year2017
Period
PER 1-PER 2  (01/09/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
PER 1
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
You will get insight in and knowledge of methods used to study early language perception and production and knowledge of the main milestones of early phonological acquisition. You will be able to critically review the literature on the topic and to write a research proposal. 
Content
In this course you study how infants learn to understand and produce their mother tongue, focusing on the acquisition of the sound system. During the first year of life infants develop from being so-called 'universal' listeners into 'language-specific' listeners as they become increasingly sensitive to language-specific features of the sound system of their native language. There is a lively academic debate about how they do this, how children represent language in their brains, and which factors influence acquisition.
In this course we discuss the main views on the nature of the language acquisition process form both the perspective of infant speech perception and of early child language production. 
Assumed previous knowledge
Introduction to first language acquisition is required.

Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least C1 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Recommended materials
Articles
Collection of scientific articles.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Lectures, class discussion, and a visit to the Baby Research Center.

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Review
Test weight40
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5

Research proposal
Test weight60
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5