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Postgraduate Course: Developmental Language Disorders (LASC11134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 27, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 69 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Data analysis (1,500 words) (30%)

Research proposal (3,000 words) (70%)
Feedback Dedicated two hourly sessions during office hours to feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. identify, explain and critically compare major types of speech and language impairments in adults and children
  2. identify and evaluate the linguistic characteristics of each of these types and explain how these findings relate to linguistic theory
  3. critically appraise the causes of these impairments and the conditions associated with them
  4. describe, analyse and critically compare competing accounts and theories concerning atypical language acquisition and acquired language disorders
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
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.
Keywordsdevelopmental language disorders,specific language impairment,autism,developmental dyslexia,aphasia
Course organiserDr Vicky Chondrogianni
Tel: (0131 6)50 4020
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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