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Arpril 5, 2006

The psycholinguistic class on April 6 (Thursday) is postponed, as I will have to preside over the thesis proposal at the class hour. Please inform each other of the change.

The topic coming following Mental Lexicon is Language comprehension. Please read the relevant chapters in your textbook to get the most basic ideas on this topic.

Updated (May 6, 2006)

Thanks to the seven-day holidays, i can find some time to update this coursesite. I have checked all the links to ensure that they are valid. I have also added some intersting and helpful links, including wordsketch and BNC.

Important: The students in the second group are supposed to give a presentation on Lawson & Hogben's paper on May 8, Monday. Please get ready!

Important: Please email me your group presentations as well as your comments on this course site.
my email account: wuhpnet@gmail.com

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Psycholinguistic Course for Graduate Students

Why I was chosen five years ago to teach psycholinguistic course is that I DO NOT have the expertise in the new discipline. I was, and still am, interested in both linguistics and psychology, though.

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Topic One: Central Issues and Historical Development

Central issues
Historical development
Before we start something boring, let's do an interesting
psychological test HERE.

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Topic Two: Research Methods for Psycholinguistic Course

Observational Approach and Experimental Approach Successive measurement and simultaneous measruement
Experimental Design and Statistical Techniques
Recommended Reading: Scientific Method: from wikipedia.
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Topic Three: Mental Lexicon

By Mental lexicon, we mean the way that words are organized in our mind. Several models of mental lexicon have been proposed, like search model, logogen model, cohort model, spreading activation model and hierarchical model. The central idea underlying these models is that words in our mind is associated in one way or the other.
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Recommended Reading:
M.J.Lawson & D. Hogben, 1998, "Learning and Recall of Foreign-Language
Vocabulary: Effects of a Keyword Strategy for Immediate and
Delayed Recall" Learning and Instruction, Vol 8, No. 2, pp179-194.
Download PDF version here.

Topic Four: Language Comprehension

For many psycholinguists, language comprehension is the SOLE issue worthy of exploration, and this can further justify the central status of language comprehension in psycholinguistic inquiry. In the process of language comprehension, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic knowledge is involved. An ongoing debate is whether we use these forms of knowledge simultaneously or whether we process whyntactic information first.

In this session, we are going to discuss psycholingusitic models of word understanding, sentence understanding, and discourse understanding.

This handout, (requiring international access, you can try a proxy), prepared by Doug Arnold at University of Essex, is a concise introduction to human sentence processing.

This site(requiring international access, you can try a proxy)contains a good number of downloadable research papers on language comprehension, including sentence parsing and anaphoric resolution.

You can download PPT slideshow for this session here

Recommended reading material for this unit:
Matthew J. Maxler et al. 2002. Processing Subject and Object Relatives: Evidence from Eye Movement. Journal of Memory and Language.
Download the paper here.
Download the students' presentation on this paper HERE.

Topic Five Language Production

Many people think that language production is just the reverse of langauge comprehension. This is, however, an oversimplification of a more complicated psycholinguistic process. In this session, we will discuss the stages invovled in langauge production, as is revealed by evidence from speech errors, hesitations, pauses and self-repairs. Some well-known models of speech production are also compared and discussed.

Please download the PPT version of the lecture notes HERE.

Recommended reading material:
Albert Costa and Mikel Santesteban (2004) Lexical access in bilingual speech production: Evidence from language switching in highly proficient bilinguals and L2 learners in Journals of Memory and Language, Vol 50, pp491-511.
Please download the paper HERE.

Longxin Wei (2002) The bilingual mental lexicon and speech production process. Brain and Language Vol 81. pp691-707.
You can download the paper HERE.
And you can download the students' presentation on this paper HERE.

Topic Six Language and Brain

In this section, we are going to discuss the biological foundation of language and investigate the relationship between language and brain. We are going to learn some basics of the brain and the typical symptoms of language disorder and aphasia.You can download the PPT version of this lecture HERE.

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Topic Seven language and thought

The interplay between language and thought has intrigued linguists and philosophers for centuries. The best known example of exploring this issue is Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. We are going to discuss two versions of this hypothesis: linguistic determinism and linguistic relativity.

Please download the lecture notes for this session HERE.
Some of your are interested in another lecture in which the effect of spatial cognitition between cultures is discussed. The PDF version of the lecture notes are downloadable HERE.