Netherlands, Utrecht

Psycholinguistics - UiL OTS

when 31 July 2019 - 19 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee EUR 200

The course offers an introduction to Artificial Grammar Learning, a methodology used to study the learning mechanisms that human beings possess, which allow them to effortlessly (and often subconsciously) detect patterns in the input. We consider these learning mechanisms for their role in language acquisition, their relationship to other human cognitive abilities, their neurological underpinnings and their functioning in language-impaired populations.

This course focuses on the psycholinguistic endeavour of mapping out the learning and cognitive mechanisms that allow humans to pick up patterns and regularities in linguistic input, and that might thus support the process of language acquisition. We will focus on Artificial Grammar Learning (AGL), a methodology that has been employed to study learning mechanisms, and to demonstrate that humans have an aptitude for spontaneously (and subconsciously) detecting structure in the unfamiliar input that they perceive. We will discuss AGLresearch with a critical eye, and its (in/)ability to: (i) answer big questions about the nature of language; (ii) identify processes that might be involved in language acquisition or language processing; (iii) map out an aspect of human cognition that is not explained by other cognitive abilities like memory, attention, IQ, etc.); (iv) explain developmental language disorders as underlying deficits in specific learning mechanisms; (v) combine with innovative experimental methods to open up interdisciplinary avenues for research.

Course leader

Kirsten Schutter, MSc

Course aim

To allow students to acquaint themselves with the basic principles of psycholinguistics.

Fee info

EUR 200: Course fee
EUR 20: Housing fee

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