Netherlands, Nijmegen

Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism: How to Talk, Think and Make Decisions in Two Languages

when 1 August 2016 - 5 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 495

In this course you will acquire knowledge about the various aspects of bilingualism from the psycholinguistic perspective. We will start with a discussion of what it means to be bilingual for an individual, as well as society, and a presentation of ways of studying bilingual people in experimental settings. Next bilingual speech comprehension and production will be of a major focus. Furthermore, aspects of bilingual reading, writing, as well as language acquisition (both simultaneous and successive) will be tackled. The remaining sessions will be devoted to discussing bilingual memory (lexical memory, autobiographical memory, inner speech), emotionality (and its impact on decision making, morality, advertising) and cognitive effects of bilingualism. The course will also contain a practical aspect. You will be introduced to and have a chance to design (1) your own online questionnaires to collect background demographic information, (2) a reaction-time based experiment (a lexical decision task or a picture naming task). Finally, you will have a chance to learn about analysing latency data in a hands-on session.

Computers will be used during the course to: design an online questionnaire and a reaction time based task and to analyse latency data. It will be therefore important to bring your own laptop.

Course leader

Dr. A.E. Tytus
Assistant Professor (Academische Rätin)
Department of English Linguistics
Mannheim University

Target group

The course is designed for university students (bachelor, advanced bachelor and Master's) who have a general background in linguistics and are interested in studying bilingual populations with the use of experimental methods.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Understand the application of a psycholinguistic approach to study bilingual populations
- Understand language processing and representation in bilingual populations
- Design your own reaction time based experiment and an online questionnaire
Analyse latency data

Fee info

EUR 495: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 0: Housing (optional)