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Postgraduate Course: Developmental Language Disorders (LASC11134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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. This will highlight experimental and practical applications of linguistics and language acquisition theories.
Course description 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.

1. Introduction to language impairment
2. Specific Language Impairment (I)
3. Specific Language Impairment (II)
4. Assessing language impairment in bilingual children
5. Language impairment in children with autism
6. Dyslexia
7. Executive functions in children with typical and atypical language development
8. Acquired language disorders and the organisation of the brain - Aphasia
9. Comparing developmental and acquired language disorders
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed First Language Acquisition (LASC11013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, 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 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Research proposal (100%)

A proposal for an empirical study within the areas covered in the module, i.e. developmental or acquired language disorders. Word limit: 3,000 words. Word counts are hard limits.
Feedback Research proposal: Sample work from previous students will be presented with comments / discussion about strength and weaknesses before the assignment is due.
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 Enquiry: Students will develop ability to create, identify and evaluate options in order to solve complex problems.

Enquiry: Students will develop skills to use information and knowledge effectively in order to abstract meaning from information and to share knowledge across fields, including the use of quantitative skills.

Communication: Students will develop communication skills to convey complex ideas and arguments through clear and structured written work.
KeywordsDevelopmental Linguistics,Pathology,Acquired,Speech,Disorders,Acquisition,Experimental
Course organiserDr Vicky Chondrogianni
Tel: (0131 6)50 4020
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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