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  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Dr Adam Tierney
  • Assessment: an essay (70%) and one-hour multiple-choice examination (30%)

Module description

In this module we consider the processes and representations involved in comprehending and producing language, including theoretical, computational and empirical approaches to lexical processing, parsing and semantic integration. We will also cover reading, morphology and language disorders.

We will examine, in considerable theoretical depth, issues at the leading edge of research in different areas of language, from a psychological perspective, and provide you with tools and terminology for the scientific analysis of language. We also explore the relation between language and cognition through its structure, its maturation and the disorders that affect it.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

    • appreciate the evolution of theory and modelling of scientific concepts
    • exercise a propensity for critical thinking and analysis
    • appraise existing research and indicate new avenues for exploration.