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Linguistics : Psycholinguistics

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer, Martin Hilpert
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


- Engage with essential psycholinguistic concepts and theories
- Engage with fundamental principles and mechanisms of cognition
- Engage with relevant literature
- Develop an understanding of how language processing works in production and comprehension


What goes on in your mind when you use language to talk to someone? Psycholinguistics is the study of how humans produce and understand language. This course will introduce students to central aspects of the production and comprehension of language. We will study how language is processed and represented and we will consider how words are stored in the mind, what rule systems we have for putting together complex words, phrases, and sentences. At the end of the course, you will have a good overview of the psychological processes that underlie the use of language.


Four different tasks are being evaluated in this seminar. First, there are obligatory weekly reading assignments from the course book. Each week, you will read a chapter of the text book and complete an online quiz (10% of the final grade). Second, we will form groups of 3-4 students. Each group will be responsible for presenting a psycholinguistic study (20% of the final grade). Third, oral participation in class discussions is a requirement (10% of the final grade). Finally, a written exam at the end of the semester accounts for the remaining 60% of the final grade.


Students are expected to purchase the following text book: Warren, Paul. 2012. Introducing Psycholinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (CHF 42) Papers for presentations: Altmann, G.T.M., & Kamide, Y. (1999). Incremental interpretation at verbs: Restricting the domain of subsequent reference. Cognition, 73(3), 247-264. Casasanto, D., & Jasmin, K. (2010). Good and bad in the hands of politicians: Spontaneous gestures during positive and negative speech. PLoS ONE 5(7). Ehrlich, K., & Rayner, K. (1983). Pronoun assignment and semantic integration during reading: Eye movements and immediacy of processing. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 22, 75-87. Fay, David & Anne Cutler. (1977) Malapropisms and the Structure of the Mental Lexicon. Linguistic Inquiry 8/3, 505-20. Ferreira, F., & Patson, N. (2007). The good enough approach to language comprehension. Language and Linguistics Compass 1, 71-83. Fromkin, V.A. (1973). Speech errors as linguistic evidence. The Hague: Mouton. Grainger, J. (1990). Word frequency and neighborhood frequency effects in lexical decision and naming. Journal of Memory & Language 29, 228-244. Levelt, W. J. M. & A. Cutler. (1983). Prosodic Marking in Speech Repair. Journal of Semantics 2 (2): 205-218. McQueen, J. M. (2007). Eight questions about spoken-word recognition. In M. G. Gaskell (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of psycholinguistics (pp. 37-53). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pisoni, D. B., & Tash, J. B. (1974) Reaction times to comparisons within and across phonetic categories. Perception & Psychophysics, 15, 285-290.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
- Development of the English Language (DEL)

- Anglais au moins niveau B2

Informations supplémentaires


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