Language and Cognition

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language and Cognition

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LING1110 & LING1120 or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course studies language processing and hemispheric specialisation; competing views of the language acquisition process (e.g. cognitivist, nativist, relativist and connectionist); the relationship between language development and the development of other cognitive capacities; and universals of language development.
    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    1. An understanding of competing theories of language acquisition.
    2. An understanding of the neurological bases of language processing.
    3. An understanding of the nature of language acquisition universals.
    4. Advanced presentational skills relevant to specialist studies in Linguistics.
    5. Advanced research and general information literacy skills
    CONTENT
    Main theories of first language acquisition: behaviorist approaches to language acquisition; Piaget's constructivism; Chomsky's Universal Grammar; connectionism; Whorfian relativism.
    The neurological base of language: brain lateralisation; left hemispheric dominance; maturational constraints on language acquisition; language pathology; bilingualism
    Evidence about the innateness of language: animal communication; developmental aspects of language; linguistic research into the acquisition of language universals
    The lexicon and the brain: aspects of the acquisition of the lexicon; lexical storage and retrieval.
    ASSESSMENT ITEMS
    Quiz: Quiz 1
    Quiz: Quiz 2
    Quiz: Quiz 3
    Quiz: Quiz 4
    Essay: Essay

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.