Language, Brain and Mind (LNGS2615)


We will discuss current findings in the field of psycholinguistics. How is language represented and processed or computed by the brain. We will look at experimental work considering the methods and results in an effort to understand the apparent ease with which language is used in everyday life as well as considering the implications of psycholinguistic research for linguistic theory. Topics discussed: language and the brain, speech perception, the mental lexicon and lexical retrieval, sentence and discourse comprehension, language production, language and cognition, nativism.

Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week


1x3000wd research paper (50%), 1x2000wd mid-term paper (30%), 1x1000wd book review (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 credit points from (LNGS1001, LNGS1002, LNGS2620 and LNGS2621)

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