Psychology of Language

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology of Language

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Linguistics, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Language dominates our cognitive and social activities and psycholinguistics examines the relationship between
    language and the human mind. This course will look at what language is, whether it is uniquely human, and how
    it is related to biological and cognitive processes. The objective of this course is to introduce students to
    the main principles, methods and findings of psycholinguistics. The biological basis of language is explored in
    relation to recent neuroscientific evidence, and this topic is also part of the examination of the evidence
    regarding a critical period for language, using studies of e.g. feral children and L2 learning. Recent research
    on language in non-human primates and other animals is explored, and cross-cultural research on the
    relationship between langauge and thought. Children's acquisition of language will be outlined and aspects of
    language processing and use in society will be explored. The insights offered by speech errors for the speech
    production process are discussed. Other topics include typical and atypical language acquisition, reading,
    learning a second language and language and gender.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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