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Neurolinguistics (level 5)


Module description

This module aims to provide the theories and evidence regarding how language is represented in the individual mind.

We aim to help you understand how we learn about how language is processed in the brain by considering developmental and acquired disorders of language comprehension and production. We will consider research on children and adults and from the special case of bilingualism to understand how the language faculty develops and is organised. This will be considered by drawing on a range of empirical evidence and current theories of neurolinguistics. It will provide an appreciation of the types of research used to investigate various neurological foundations of language.

This module is also available for study at Level 6.

Indicative module content

  • The anatomy of language
  • Neural foundations of articulation, phonological processes and formation of utterances
  • Neural foundations of auditory perception, processes, parsing and comprehension
  • Neurolinguistic perspectives on reading and writing
  • The neural representation of multiple languages
  • The neurolinguistics implications of Deaf Sign languages
  • The relations between language and other cognitive faculties

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • have a critical understanding of aims, methods, concepts and theories and their place within the wider study of language
  • be able to apply concepts and principles to new data or contexts
  • have knowledge of the main methods of enquiry and the different approaches to solving problems in the field of study
  • understand the limits of your knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge
  • use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and propose solutions to problems
  • effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • deploy key techniques effectively
  • undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable you to assume significant responsibility within groups and organisations.