The aim of the curse is to give an introduction to cognitive psychological models of language processing and production, within a broader framework of intentional human communication. The course is necessarily interdisciplinary, as several concepts, models, and evidence from philosophy of language, linguistics, neurolinguistics, neuropsychology, neurosciences and computational modelling will be touched upon, although the major focus will be on psychological models and methodology. Here again specific emphasis will be put on acquired and developmental impairments of intentional communication and language.
The main topics to be discussed are the followings: General theoretical approaches to the psychology of language, Sentence processing and discourse processing: key phenomena and crucial models, Models of the lexicon, Pragmatics and cognition, Speech processing and speech production, Developmental psycholinguistics, Specific aspects of sign languages.
Learning outcome, competences
- broad theoretical knowledge in two related disciplines of cognitive psychology
- acquisition of the specific research method of these fields
- comprehensive theoretical interest
- ability to form new research questions based on the new approaches application of the new methodology in the actual research of the student
Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:
mode of evaluation: examination and practical course mark
Pinker, S. (1994). The Language Instinct. London: Penguin.
Traxler, M., & Gernsbacher, M. A. (Eds.) (2006). Handbook of Psycholinguistics, (2nd ed). New York: Academic Press. (selected chapters)
Stemmer, B, & Whitaker, H.A. (2008). Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language. New York: Academic Press (selected chapters).