SOW-DGCN17
Sentence Production and Comprehension
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-DGCN17
Credits (ECTS)6
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. D.J. Chwilla
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Lecturer
dr. K.M. Lemhöfer
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Lecturer
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
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Examiner
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
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Coordinator
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
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Academic year2021
Period
SEM2  (31/01/2022 to 15/07/2022)
Starting block
SEM2
Course mode
full-time
Remarksuntil 5 working days before the start of the course. Enrolment for a course automatically registers you for its exam.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
Language use requires more than just recognizing or producing words. Rather, words form the building blocks of phrases, sentences, texts, and conversations. The course will give an in depth introduction to phrase and  sentence comprehension, and phrase- andsentence production in mono- and bilinguals, as well as to the cognitive neuroscience paradigms developed in these domains. After the course, you should (a) have a firm grasp of major (theoretical, empirical and methodological) research developments in the field, (b) be in a better position to understand and critically evaluate extant research, and (c) be able to begin to contribute to the field (in case a Master Thesis is conducted in this area).
Content
The course will cover four broad areas of research:
 
(1) Sentence and text comprehension. In real life, words never come alone -- they are in the company of other words, of other linguistic signals (e.g., intonation), and of a wide range of other relevant factors (such as the current scene, what has been said before and by whom). As we comprehend language, we need to somehow combine all these sources of information to make sense of what is said. How do people do this? Amongst other things, we'll have a look at the methodology used to keep track of sentence comprehension as it unfolds, we'll review a wide range of recent research on sentence-level syntactic, semantic and referential processing, and we'll examine theoretical and computational perspectives on how the system might incrementally deal with words as they come in.
 
(2) Sentence production.Sentence production requires the transformation of a preverbal communicative intention into articulation. This transformation is achieved by a series of processing stages. Modern psycholinguistic models of language production assume at least the following levels: conceptualization, i.e. the preparation of a representation of the communicative intention; lexicalization and grammatical encoding, i.e. the selection of the appropriate words from the mental lexicon and the generation of a syntactic structure; phonological encoding, i.e. the generation of a phonological representation of the to-be-produced sentence; and articulation. Central questions in the area of sentence production are: (a) How are the different processing stages coordinated in time? (b) Which properties of the communicative intention affect the choice of appropriate words and of the syntactic structure for the to-be-produced sentence? (c) How much of a sentence is planned before a speaker initiates articulation? Is there something as an advance planning unit of a fixed structurally defined size? Do the planning units at the different processing stages differ in size? 
(3) Language in action.Primarily later in the course, we take a step back from the established domains of comprehension and production, and have a look at how the systems involved interact with other systems that make our species the flexible species that we are. After all, language is there for a purpose, which is to help people deal (and live) with others and the world around them. Amongst other things, we'll have a look at how the processing systems involved in comprehension and production systems interlock in conversation, how they relate to attention, action, our goals, values and emotions, how language processing interacts with processing of the sensory environment (e.g., how linguistic processing and the properties of the visual environment jointly determine visual orienting), how they relate to our body (embodied sentence comprehension), and in what ways our language processing machinery might scaffold our thinking.
 
(4) Second language processing. The findings, models and theories discussed so far in the course predominantly apply to first language (L1) speakers. However, most of us speak other languages as well, though mostly not as proficiently as our mother tongue. The last part of the course will look at sentence processing from a second language (L2) perspective as well as at how L2 speakers learn from correct input in ‘everyday life’. 
 
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Test information

Specifics

Assumed previous knowledge
This course is for CNS students only. Non-CNS students can contact Ellen Janssen (e.janssen@donders.ru.nl) or Arno Koning ( a.koning@donders.ru.nl).

Required materials
Course material
obligatory and optional readings for the respective topics / lectures will be announced on Brightspace

Instructional modes
Assignments
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Lectures, seminars (discussion of set texts and assignments; more focussed presentation of key issues).

Seminars
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
closed book exam
Test weight50
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

Remark
NOTE: enrollment for a course automatically registers you for its exam. For participating in the retake, register again.

closed book exam
Test weight50
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock HER, Block SEM2

Remark
NOTE: enrollment for a course automatically registers you for its exam. For participating in the retake, register again.