SOW-DGCN52
Structural Aspects of Language
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-DGCN52
Credits (ECTS)6
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. M.E. Broersma
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Coordinator
prof. dr. H. de Hoop
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Examiner
prof. dr. H. de Hoop
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H. de Hoop
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Lecturer
prof. dr. H. de Hoop
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Academic year2020
Period
SEM1-SEM2  (01/09/2020 to 16/07/2021)
Starting block
SEM1
Course mode
full-time
Remark
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
This course is meant to provide you with an in depth study of the structure of (spoken) language in three different modules: Phonology & Phonetics (period 1), Morphology & Syntax (period 2), and Semantics & Pragmatics (period 3).  You will recognize how structural aspects of language in these domains are currently studied, and you will understand how they can be analyzed in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. You will be able to evaluate theories, and to judge the value of experimental findings in the light of these theories.
Content
The emphasis will be on how structural aspects of language in the different domains influence language production, language perception and comprehension, and language learning. We will read and discuss recent scientific articles. Different theoretical perspectives will be discussed to describe and analyze morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, phonological, and phonetic aspects of language. The relevance of linguistic approaches and generalizations for current psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic research will be addressed explicitly during the course. Topics to be covered in the three modules include the nature of phonological rules and representations, phonetic and phonological variation, and prosodic structure (Phonology & Phonetics), case, agreement, and word order (Morphology & Syntax), quantification, definiteness, and discourse particles (Semantics & Pragmatics).
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Recommended materials
Literature
A selection of recent scientific articles.
Articles
Tremblay, A., Broersma, M., Coughlin, C. E., & Choi, J. (2016). Effects of the native language on the learning of fundamental frequency in second-language speech segmentation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:985, 1-15. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00985.
Articles
Moers, C., Meyer, A., & Janse, E. (2017). Effects of word frequency and transitional probability on word reading durations of younger and older speakers. Language and Speech, 60, 289–317.
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Claudia Felser, Ian Cunnings, Claire Batterham, & Harald Clahsen (2012). The timing of island effects in nonnative sentence processing. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 34(1), 67-98.
Articles
Titone, D. & Libben, M. (2014). Time-dependent effects of decomposability, familiarity, and literal plausibility on idiom priming: A cross-modal priming investigation. The Mental Lexicon 9(3), 473-496.

Instructional modes
Discussion
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Closed book exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2

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Assignments
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2

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Assignments
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2

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