Undergraduate Course: First Language Acquisition (Honours) (LASC10029)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principal findings, concepts and models in the field of first language acquisition.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principal findings, concepts and models in the field of first language acquisition. The central question addressed is: How is it that all typically-developing children acquire language in a relatively short space of time and seemingly without extensive external assistance? Concentrating primarily on phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax, the course surveys and examines theories that have been proposed to explain the observed developmental phenomena in these domains.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above . We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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)
||Assignment 1: 50%
Assignment 2: 50%
|No Exam Information
| After successful completion of this course the student will have gained understanding of the basic issues in first language acquisition including:
- How do different aspects of language (e.g., speech, phonology, lexicon, morphology and syntax) develop in children?
- What types of learning capacity are responsible for language acquisition?
- What are the relative roles played by biological factors, linguistic constraints, input and interaction?
Students will also have gained experience in analysing developmental data using the concepts and models taught in the course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Course organiser||Prof Mitsuhiko Ota
Tel: (0131 6)50 3949
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870