Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The main aim of the course is to provide an introduction to core areas of psycholinguistics including language production, speech perception, word recognition, and language comprehension, as well as some aspects of first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and language disorders. On completion of the course, students are familiar with a wide range of experimental paradigms and techniques that have been used in psycholinguistic research. They will be well informed about the current state of our understanding of language processing and central debates in psycholinguistic research.

    This course is an introduction to psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary scientific field that integrates concepts and techniques from modern linguistics, psychology and neuroscience. It investigates and describes the mental processes involved in the production and comprehension of language. Through lectures, assignments, and hands-on sessions you will find tools to approach and answer questions like: How do we produce, perceive and recognize spoken and written language? How do we acquire language(s)? How is linguistic knowledge represented, structured and stored in our mind and brain, and how is it used in the real-time processing of language?

    Lectures (1x2 hours per week), seminar meetings (1x2 hours per week), practical sessions (1x2 hours per week).

    Grades will be based on active participation in class (5%); three critical summaries (20%); practical sessions report (25%); in-class exam (50%). In order to pass the course, the student must pass each component with at least 5.0 and the exam with at least 5.5. The average of all grades has to be at least 5.5.

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