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Cognitive Neuroscience of Language


Admission requirements

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


The course is about the neuroscientific processing of language comprehension and production in healthy and language-impaired adults (e.g. auditory and visual word recognition, reading, understanding speech, representation of word meaning, language production). It will include damage to the linguistic processing system such as different forms of aphasia (e.g. dyslexia, anomia, agrammatism, etc.) as well as bilingualism. Emphasis will be put on theoretical issues and models, however empirical/experimental papers will be discussed as well. Most areas of psycho- and neurolinguistics will be touched upon, mainly from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. The course will make use of a textbook on psycholinguistics for background reading and specific articles.

Course objectives

Course objective 1: Students with basic knowledge in psycho- and neurolinguistics should be able to extend and deepen their knowledge in the areas of language comprehension and production, especially regarding the neuroscientific aspects of those areas (methods, paradigms, data acquisition, neurocognitive consequences).

Course objective 2: Students will get practice in presenting a topic in front of other students and teachers.

Course objective 3: Students will get writing practice (useful as preparartion for their MA thesis).


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

Lecture and seminar

Course Load

Depending on whether or not students decide to write a paper at the end, the course load will be 140 or 280 hours.

Assessment Method

  • Presentation (obligatory)

  • Tests at the beginning about the reading materials (obligatory)

  • Written exam (obligatory)

  • Written paper (facultative)


This course is supported by 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.


Students should register through uSis. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

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MA Linguistics departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: