By the end of the course, students should:
a) understand how language works and its connection with other domains of human cognition (atention, memory, reasoning)
b) describe the mechanisms and representations underlying language in the various grammar domains (phonology, morphology, sintax and semantics), both in comprehension and production, in written and spoken language
c) describe research methods in Psycholinguistics

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Susana Mesquita de Deus Correia


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Aitchison, J. (2007). The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. Fifth Edition, Routledge, London
Gaskell, G. (2007). The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oxford: OUP.
Marcus, G. (2008). The Kluge. The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. 
Marcus, G. (2001/2003). The Algebraic Mind. Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science. Boston, MA: MIT Press.
Menn, L. & Dronkers, N. (2016). Psycholinguistics. Introduction and Applications. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, Inc. [2nd ed.] 
Snowling, Margaret J. & Hulme, Charles (Eds). (200/). The Science of Reading. A Handbook. UK: Blackwell Publishing.
Traxler, M. (2011). Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Understanding Language Science. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. 
Traxler, M. & Gernsbacher, M. A. (Eds.). (2007). Handbook of Psycholinguistics. NY: Elsevier [2nd ed.]
Warren, P. (2013). Introducing Psycholinguistics. Cambridge/NY: CUP. 

Teaching method

Lectures; papers discussion; exercices in class. In class teaching.

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - written test (individual - 50%)(50%), Assignments in class(15%), critical essay (group - 35%)(35%)

Subject matter

Language and cognition
1.1. Thought and language
1.2. Memory and language
1.3. Domain-general and domain specific
1.4. Biological bases for language
2. Structure and organization of language
2.1. Language, mental lexicon and processing
2.2. Communicative intention and planning
2.3. Perception, comprehension and production
3. Phonological processing
3.1. Phonetic segmentation
3.2. Phonological awareness, reading and writing
4. Morphological processing
4.1. The organization of the lexicon
4.2. Lexical access and storage
4.3. Lexical and semantic nets
5. Syntactic processing
5.1. Sentence parsing and segmentation
5.2. Syntactic processinf in reading and writing
6. Processing models
6.1. Top-down and bottom-up
6.2. Sequencial, interactive and cascading models
7. Experimental methods for the study of language processing
7.1. Data collection in production
7.2. Data collection in perception and comprehension
7.2.1. Eye-tracking
7.2.2. Self-paced reading
7.2.3. Cross-modal priming


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