- to introduce students to theoretic and methodological knowledge in experimental linguistics
- to introduce students to experiment design to study linguistic phenomena in various populations
- to introduce students to modern instrumental approaches in psycholinguistics
- to introduce students to critical analysis of modern psycholinguistic research
- understands the theoretical background of experiment design in linguistic studies
- knows the fundamental principles of preparing a linguistic experiment
- is familiar with the basic instrumental methods in modern psycholinguistics and their application
- reads and understands basic literature on empirical research in psycho- and neurolinguistics
- applies their knowledge to suggest an appropriate experiment design and to carry out an experimental study
- critically approaches various studies in experimental linguistics
- IntroductionAn overview of the instrumental repertoire of modern psycholinguistics appropriate in field conditions, including behavorial methods and eye-tracking. Their advantages and pitfalls. Sampling subjects. Examples of domains where experimental methods can be applied in the field.
- Fundamentals of experimental approaches to the study of languageExperiment in the narrow vs. broad sense. What is a hypothesis. The principle of verification and its limitations, the principle of falsification. The notion of experimental validity of an experimental study. Dependent, independent (predictor) and confounding variable. Inter-group and intra-group experiments, their advantages and pitfalls. Quasiexperiment.
- Methods of psycho- and neurolinguisticsOverview of the methods used in psycho- and neurolinguistics. Control vs. ecological validity. General limitations of experiments involving behavioral methods. The connection between variables available for control and the domain of the study: comparing their use in speech comprehension vs. production. Methods and examples of experimental studies: repeating after the supervisor, carrying out instructions, lexical and grammatical decision tasks, self-paced reading, picture description tasks, referential studies of dialogue or narrative structure. Analysis of experimental logs: general design, selecting predictors and objectives of the experiment. Eye-tracking: visual world paradigm and recording eye movements during reading. Electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentails (ERPs) in linguistic studies.
- Brain and languageFundamentals of neurolinguistics and neuroanatomy. Neuroimaging methods: fMRI, DTI, TMS. Language after brain damage.
- Experimental studies of mental lexiconMental lexicon. Models of mental lexicon. Experimental studies of ambiguity. Bilingual mental lexicon
- Experimental studies of morphologyExperimental studies focusing on morphological structure(s) in the context of field research of under-described minority or endangered languages. Considering experimental conditions in field environment.
- Experimental studies of syntaxGarden-path and ambiguous sentences. Role of semantics and pragmatics in comprehension of ambiguous sentences. Processing of subject and object gaps.
- Experimental studies of discourseMethods for discourse elicitation and annotation. Role of common ground in discourse processing. Experimental studies of co-speech gestures. Experimental studies of reference in discourse.
- BilingualismBilingual language development. Types of bilingualism. Grammatical category attrition and functional convergence. Hypothesis of bilingual advantage.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.3 * essay + 0.2 * presentation + 0.3 * short tests + 0.2 * экзамен (final test)
- Gernsbacher, M. A., & Traxler, M. J. (2006). Handbook of Psycholinguistics (Vol. 2nd ed). Amsterdam: Academic Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=187294
- Indefrey, P. (2011). The Spatial and Temporal Signatures of Word Production Components: A Critical Update. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C0D28199
- Michael J. Spivey, & Michael K. Tanenhaus. (1998). Syntactic ambiguity resolution in discourse: modeling the effects of referential context and lexical frequency. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.6F10B098
- Huettig, F., Rommers, J., & Meyer, A. (2011). Using the visual world paradigm to study language processing: A review and critical evaluation. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3AB3E1BA