Postgraduate Course: Psycholinguistics (LASC11038)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||A wide-ranging introduction to psycholinguistics, looking at the processes underpinning a broad spectrum of linguistic abilities.
This course introduces the intellectual discipline of psycholinguistics. Surveying central topics in normal adult language behaviour, from the recognition of speech sounds up to the identification of discourse moves, the course shows how theoretical models and experimental methods help us understand the swift, invisible processes that make us fluent users of language.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||25% essay based on group reading report, 25% experimental proposal, 50% essay
||Week 5 will be devoted to formative feed-forward, specifically treating the topics of "Choosing an experimental method" and "Choosing a statistical method". This will involve discussions of how to design experiments to investigate specific sample research questions. This will be relevant to the assessed experimental design exercise which constitutes 25% of the course mark.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- identify experimental predictions arising from competing theories of language processing
- read the primary experimental literature critically
- compose an argument supported by experimental evidence
- pool information with colleagues in order to come to a joint view of the evidence
- design an experiment to test a psycholinguistic hypothesis and discuss possible interpretations of the results
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Group work in the context of research and analysis, as well as in presentation. Ability to engage with cutting-edge research, and build an argument based on experimental data.
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Cummins
Tel: (0131 6)50 6858
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188