Psychology 4H Single: Language And Meaning

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology 4H Single: Language And Meaning

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description

    The aim of this course is to develop students understanding of language processing and theories of meaning.


    Examination 100%
    Main Assessment In: April/May

    Course Aims

    The aim of this course is to develop students understanding of language processing and theories of meaning. We will talk about research on the meanings and functions of different types of words. Different methodological techniques will be explained and we will consider the different empirical questions these techniques afford. The neurophysiology of language will be discussed and we will consider current explanations of language related components, e.g. N400 and P600. We will also discuss our understanding of shallow processing, pragmatics and framing effects in language comprehension.

    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    - Describe research on word meaning.
    - Explain different theories of meaning and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
    - Explain how different levels of semantic analysis are related to one another.
    - Explain different methodological techniques in language research. Understand the main language related ERP components, e.g. N400 and P600. Identify ERP correlates of semantic and syntactic violations and explain the significance of these in terms of language processing.
    - Understand and explain the nature of time frequency analysis and what this might show.
    - Interpret the issues involved in shallow processing and explain the experimental evidence illustrating this.
    - Explain the difference between semantic and pragmatic processes with reference to current research

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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