Aims and Fit of Module
This module will introduce the core concepts of and the main methodological approaches to the three main topics in psycholinguistics, i.e., language production, language comprehension, and language acquisition. For each topic, the important findings and competing models will be introduced, and the common experimental techniques will be explained and demonstrated. We will focus on spoken language by the normally developed population and on behavioural experimental techniques. Computational and clinical issues will NOT be covered in this module. The main objectives of this module are to familiarize students with the core themes in psycholinguistics, to introduce how language can be studied using experimental techniques, and to encourage students to reflect upon their daily language experiences and describe these experiences from a psycholinguistic perspective.
A Identify the main research questions in psycholinguistics
B Identify the major theories (models) and methodological approaches in language production and language comprehension
C Demonstrate an understanding of how these models should be modified when applied in bilingual populations
D Demonstrate an understanding of the most commonly used experimental techniques in psycholinguistics
E Reflect and describe daily language experiences from a psycholinguistic perspective
Method of teaching and learning
The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and interactive seminars. Each topic will be assigned one or two lecture sessions and one or two integrative seminars, depending on the topic under discussion (see the syllabus below). In the lecture section, the major theoretical concepts, research findings, and methodological issues will be surveyed and introduced. The students are then required to reflect upon and discuss these issues in the seminar and will be given opportunities to apply these concepts to examine real-life language experiences.