The course is designed to give an overview of key issues in the psychology of language, understood as the study of the human language faculty. It will discuss the cognitive framework in this area, the behavioural evidence, how language is used, and what can be learned from both impaired and unimpaired language users.
By the end of the course, students should:
- Understand the cognitive framework through which we study language
- Understand evidence from both impaired and unimpaired populations
- Understand key mechanisms in the psychology of language
Lecture 1: Pinker, S. (1994). The Language Instinct: The new science of language and mind. Penguin UK. Chapter 1 (An Instinct to Acquire an Art; p.15-24) & Chapter 4 (How language works; p. 83-125)
Lectures 2 and 3: Goldstein, E.B (2015) Cognitive psychology. (4th edition). Belmont, C.A.: Thomson Wadsworth (Chapter 11, p.297-332)
Lecture 4: From Harley, T.A. (2014) Psychology of language (4th edition). Hove: Psychology Press. Chapter 5 (Bilingualism; p.153-164)
Lecture 5: From Kandel, E. R., Schwartz, J. H., Jessell, T. M. (1995) Essentials of Neural Science and Behavior. Appleton & Lange. Chapter 34 (Language; p. 633-650)
Lecture 6: From Harley, T.A. (2014) Psychology of language (4th edition). Hove: Psychology Press. Chapter 14 (How do we use language; p.449-459)
Further background can be found in:
- Harley, T.A. (2014) Psychology of language (4th edition). Hove: Psychology Press.
- Traxler, M. J. (2011). Introduction to psycholinguistics. Wiley.