LING 447 - Psychology of Language
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 240 and PSYCH 349/LING 347.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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The sentence “She saw her duck” has several different interpretations.

  • What factors determine which meaning of “duck” we think of?
  • How does this influence the structure of the sentence?
  • Do people ever produce ambiguous sentences like this?

This course is designed to familiarize students with experimental research on the cognitive processes that underlie language comprehension and production in normal adults. The focus of the course is on word recognition, syntactic and semantic analysis, and discourse-level processing; language acquisition and speech perception will not be covered.

Topics will include lexical and structural ambiguity resolution, models of parsing and sentence understanding, the role of discourse-level information, the planning and production of sentences, and the role of prosody/intonation.

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated via quizzes, presentations, and writing assignments using a gameful approach. That is, students will have some choices in how they wish to build up points toward their desired grade.

Intended Audience:

This course will be taught at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduate students studying linguistics, psychology or cognitive science.

Class Format:

The course has a lecture/discussion format, with in-class activities.


LING 447 - Psychology of Language
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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