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)
Coordinator
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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Examiner
prof. dr. J.P.M. Fikkert
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Academic year2020
Period
PER 1-PER 2  (31/08/2020 to 24/01/2021)
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
  • Students can explain and comparethe different theories of and methods used in early language perception and production research and know the milestones in early language perception and production 
  • Student are able to critically discussand evaluatescientific papers 
  • Students can designexperiments to test questions regarding early language perception and production and are able to writea research report or proposal 
  • Students can collaborate in a research team
Content
In this course you learn to investigate how infants learn to understand and produce their mother tongue, focusing on the acquisition of the sound system (including lexicon). 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. 

This course contains two blocks. In the first blockwe focus on reviewing the literature, discussing the current debates in the field, the methods used, and working on a research proposal, which we will further develop during the second block. If possible, we develop, conduct, analyse and report a production (and/or perception) experiment.
 
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
An introduction into child language acquisition is required. Suggested reading: Understanding Child Language Acquisition by Caroline Rowland. 
Test information

Specifics

Assumed previous knowledge
inleiding taalkunde, moedertaalverwerving/eerstetaalverwerving en bij voorkeur psycholinguïstiek

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.

Required materials
Articles
Collection of scientific articles. A reading list will be posted on Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Lecture

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

Seminar

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

Minimum grade
5,5

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

Minimum grade
5,5