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.
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”: http://hum.leiden.edu/linguistics/timetables-linguistics/timetableslinguistics.html.
Mode of instruction
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
Active participation in class
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)
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”:http://hum.leiden.edu/linguistics/advice-linguistics/.
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