Language and Cognition
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
PrerequisitesLING1110 & LING1120 or equivalent
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe 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 OUTCOMES1. 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 skillsCONTENTMain 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; bilingualismEvidence about the innateness of language: animal communication; developmental aspects of language; linguistic research into the acquisition of language universalsThe lexicon and the brain: aspects of the acquisition of the lexicon; lexical storage and retrieval.ASSESSMENT ITEMSQuiz: Quiz 1Quiz: Quiz 2Quiz: Quiz 3Quiz: Quiz 4Essay: Essay
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