Postgraduate Course: Developmental Language Disorders (LASC11134)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course introduces students to developmental language disorders in children with also some reference to acquired language disorders in adults. It will highlight experimental and practical applications of linguistics and language acquisition theories.
This course introduces students to developmental and acquired speech and language disorders in children and adults. We will be examining the phonological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic characteristics of developmental language disorders, such as Specific Language Impairment, dyslexia and autism. Students will also be familiarised with acquired language disorders in adults, such as aphasia, and will be introduced to the interplay between the breakdown of cognitive (memory/attention) and linguistic abilities due to brain damage. As part of this course, we will also be comparing children with developmental language disorders to monolingual and bilingual children with and without such disorders.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Data analysis (1,500 words) (30%)
Research proposal (3,000 words) (70%)
||Dedicated two hourly sessions during office hours to feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- identify, explain and critically compare major types of speech and language impairments in adults and children
- identify and evaluate the linguistic characteristics of each of these types and explain how these findings relate to linguistic theory
- critically appraise the causes of these impairments and the conditions associated with them
- describe, analyse and critically compare competing accounts and theories concerning atypical language acquisition and acquired language disorders
|Bishop, D. & Leonard, L. (2000). Speech & language impairments in children: causes, characteristics, intervention and outcome. Hove: Psychology Press.|
Hume, C. & Snowling, M. J. (2009). Developmental disorders of language learning and cognition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Ingram, J.C.L. (2007). Neurolinguistics. Cambridge: CUP.
Leonard, L. (2014). Children with Specific Language Impairment. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Obler, L. K Gjerlow, K. (1999). Language and the brain. Cambridge: CUP.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will gain an understanding and overview of developmental and acquired language disorders. This will enable more effective inter-professional working with speech and language therapists and educators.
|Keywords||developmental language disorders,specific language impairment,autism,developmental dyslexia,aphasia
|Course organiser||Dr Vicky Chondrogianni
Tel: (0131 6)50 4020
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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