Module Details

LG103-4-FY-CO: Foundations Of Psycholinguistics

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Language and Linguistics
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes
Comments: None

Supervisor: Dr Wyn Johnson
Teaching Staff: Dr. S. Eisenbeiss; Dr. P. Hofmeister; Prof. F. Myles; Dr. K. Skoruppa
Contact details: Dr. Wyn Johnson, office: 4.209, telephone 01206 872082, email

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Psycholinguistics is concerned with the acquisition and processing of speech and with language disorders, either through brain damage or genetic problems. The course is divided into sections to follow those in the course textbook. The introductory section looks at language development, the critical period and language processing in the brain generally. The section on sounds concentrates on sound perception and production as well as the acquisition of phonology by children. The section concerned with words looks at the acquisition and loss of morphology and the acquisition of meaning as well as word recognition and production. Under the heading of sentences, we again consider acquisition (including disordered), processing and loss in aphasia of syntax.

Learning Outcomes

Students will have acquired an introduction to contemporary issues in the study of the acquisition and processing of language. This module prepares students for further study in psycholinguistics and language acquisition and disorders.

Learning and Teaching Methods

1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour class per week for 20 weeks .
2 x 1 hour class in the summer term.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

Other details

50% course work: 1 x 3000 word essay (40% of coursework) due Monday of week 30 and 4 x 1,000 word assignments (60% of coursework) due Friday of weeks 6, 11, 20 and 25. 50% 1 x 3 hour examination.

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Radford, A., M. Atkinson, D. Britain, H. Clahsen & A. Spencer (2009) Linguistics: An Introduction. CUP (second edition).

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