Undergraduate Course: Psycholinguistics of Language Production (PSYL10027)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||After 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.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay (maximum length 3000 words). A choice of topics to be set by the Course Organiser.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To understand the processes underlying the production of utterances.
- To critically evaluate methods used to investigate language production.
- To compare language production in monologue and dialogue.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Prof Martin Pickering
Tel: (0131 6)50 3447
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733