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Die Psychologie der Sprache


Admission requirements

BA German Language and Linguistics or equivalent skills.


The psychology of language

What happens in our minds when we talk, listen, read or write? How are words and grammar stored in the mind and how are they accessed? Why is language learning for adults everything but child’s play? What parts of the brain are specialized for language? And what happens when they come to harm?
These and similar questions are addressed in this seminar. Materials are a textbook (for everybody) and primary experimental literature (for the MA students). A special part of the seminar is devoted to experimental methods, including a visit to the Leiden Babylab.

Course objectives

The students – get acquainted with psycholinguistic questions, methods and models – gain insights into the process of language acquisition, language production and language perception and into the structure of the mental lexicon – acquire general knowledge about language disorders – are able to communicate their acquired knowledge and insights in German, orally as well as in written form

The MA students practice reading primary experimental literature. This ability is demonstrated in a written essay.


The timetable is available on the “MA Linguistics website”:

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours.

  • Attending class: 26 hours

  • Preparation and reading: 5 hours/seminar = 65 hours

  • Preparation of oral presentation: 20 hours

  • Brief written version of oral presentation: 40 hours

  • respectively writing assessment (essay, MA): 130 hours

Assessment method


  • Active participation in class

  • Oral presentation

  • Brief written version of oral presentation (1000 words)

  • Essay (7000 words)


  • Active participation in class: 20%

  • Oral presentation: 15%

  • Brief written version of oral presentation (1000 words): 15%

  • Essay : 50%

The written exam/essay needs to be sufficient.


Resit for the written exam/essay only.


Blackboard will be used:

  • to provide study material (including powerpoint presentations from class)

  • for communication and news

  • for handing in essays (Turnitin)

Reading list

To be specified later.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the “coordinator of studies”:

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


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