You will be taught modern insights into language comprehension and you will develop a critical view on experimental data and existing psycholinguistic theories.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- explain how insights and ideas from psycholinguistics link to those from linguistics and cognitive psychology
- critically read psycholinguistic scientific papers;
- evaluate the field’s most important theories, models, and experimental findings;
- understand the pros and cons of different experimental methods for psycholinguistics.
This course presents an overview of some of the most important experimental and theoretical studies on the comprehension of spoken words, and their implications for our view of the mental lexicon. It discusses, among other topics, the roles of fine phonetic detail, semantic context, and episodic memory in auditory word recognition. In addition, the course discusses the advantages and disadvantages of several experimental methods and designs for investigating language comprehension. |
Each class focuses on a single topic, represented by one paper that is presented by a student. Contributions from the other students then form the basis for a thorough discussion and evaluation of the paper and the topic more in general.