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Elective: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language


Admission requirements

Previous knowledge of cognitive neuroscience and/or psycho- and neurolinguistics is desirable.


The MA elective course titled “The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language” is about the neuroscientific processing of language comprehension and production in adult speakers (e.g. auditory and visual word recognition, reading, understanding speech, discourse comprehension, representation of word meaning, language production). It also covers damage to the linguistic processing system such as different forms of aphasia (e.g. dyslexia, anomia, etc.) and bilingualism. That is, most areas of psycho- and neurolinguistics will be touched upon, but mainly from a cognitive neuroscience perspective.

Course objectives

Students with basic knowledge in psycho- and neurolinguistics should be able to extend and deepen their knowledge in the areas of language acquisition, comprehension and production, especially regarding the neuroscientific aspects of those areas.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website of Linguistics

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

PowerPoint presentation in class plus final written exam and paper.


During the course Blackboard will be used to make teaching materials (PowerPoint presentations, articles, etc.) available and for making announcements from the teachers to the students. Blackboard

Reading list

Harley, T.A. The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory, Third edition, Hove and New York: Psychology Press, 2008. Additional articles will be announced during the course.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Application for Contractonderwijs

After application, students can register for courses and exams through uSis

Contact information

Prof. dr. N.O. Schiller


Obligatory presence and active participation in the seminars.