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Undergraduate Course: Psycholinguistics of Language Production (PSYL10027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAfter revising the processes involved in producing individual words, the course considers the process of constructing longer utterances. It considers factors that affect the choice of grammatical form in isolated production, and then looks at the processes involved in language production in dialogue.
Course description Producing language is a complex process that requires speakers to map a non-linguistic idea into an ordered series of sounds, in a way that allows their addressee to understand their intended meaning . In this course, we investigate the mechanisms that might be involved in this process. We begin by considering the nature of the speaker's task: what are the key requirements that a speaker must meet? We then discuss how speakers retrieve single words, and how this process may sometimes be disrupted, before moving on to consider how speakers combine words to form sentences, and the factors that may influence the types of sentence that they produce. Finally, we focus on language production in interactive settings, and examine how speakers' production processes are affected by the presence of a listener. We will draw upon evidence from a range of experimental techniques including picture naming and picture description, eye-tracking, and co-operative routefinding, as well as evidence from speech errors and natural conversation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126) AND Research Methods & Statistics 3 (PSYL10127)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (maximum length 3000 words). A choice of topics to be set by the Course Organiser.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand the processes underlying the production of utterances.
  2. To critically evaluate methods used to investigate language production.
  3. To compare language production in monologue and dialogue.
Reading List
Bock, K., & Huitema, J. (1999). Language production. In S. Garrod & M. Pickering (Eds.), Language Processing (pp. 365-388). Hove: Psychology Press.
Levelt, W.J.M., Roelofs, A., & Meyer, A.S. (1999). A theory of lexical access in speech production. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 1-75.
Bock, K. & Levelt, W.J.M. (1994). Language production: grammatical encoding. In M.Gernsbacher (Ed). Handbook of Psycholinguistics, Academic Press, New York.
Garrod, S. (1999). The challenge of dialogue for theories of language processing. In S. Garrod & M. Pickering (Eds.), Language Processing (pp. 389-415). Hove: Psychology Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements With permission of the Psychology 4 Course Organiser (Dr Alex Weiss) and the student's Personal Tutor, this course may be taken by honours-level Linguistics students.
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Course organiserProf Martin Pickering
Tel: (0131 6)50 3447
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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