OverviewThis course will focus on the structure of lexical items, the way in which these different lexical items are stored and the nature of the relation between them. Relevant theoretical work in the fields of psycholinguistics and language processing will be outlined and discussed. Students will evaluate the efficacy of these theories on the basis of experimental investigations which they themselves will construct and conduct, for example word association experiments, lexicon decision tasks and parsing phenomena.
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Total contact hours: 20
Method of assessment
Presentation of experiment (10 minutes) - 20%;
Report (3000 words) - 80%
Aitchison, J. (2012) Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd;
Field, J. (2005) Language and the mind. London: Routledge;
Harley, Trevor A. (2008) (3rd ed.) The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory. London: Psychology Press;
Traxler, M. (2012) Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Understanding Language Science. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Students will be able to describe and evaluate psycholinguistic concepts;
Students will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the structure of the lexicon in terms of phonological and morphological components;
Students will be able to show a critical awareness of the differences between comprehension and production in linguistic processing;
Students will be able to demonstrate practical linguistic research skills, having undertaken independent research experiments, and analysed and discussed their findings in accordance with scientific protocol.