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Bachelor 2017/2018

Research Seminar "Introduction to Experimental Linguistics"

Type: Elective course
Area of studies: Philology
Delivered by: Department of Philology
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Mikhail Knyazev
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The research seminar "Introduction to Experimental Linguistics" familiarizes students with methods and techniques in experimental approaches to language. The course places special emphasis on practical skills.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The goal of the course is to introduce students to the basics of the experimental approach to language and a variety of experimental techniques employed in contemporary linguistics.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand the basic logic of the experimental design.
  • Students will be familiar with various experimental methods
  • Students will be able to set up a simple experimental design as well as analyze the data.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Mental lexicon
    Behavioral tasks: word associations. Behavioral tasks: semantic relations and definitions
  • Linguistic Relativity and Spatial Relations
    Experiments used to test the Linguistic Relativity hypothesis. Behavioral tasks: space and object categorization
  • Experimental syntax and sentence processing
    Testing grammaticality judgments. Eye tracking and Neuroimaging.
  • Practical application of experimental skills
    Collecting and Analyzing Data. Student Presentations.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Coursework
    Presentations and team projects.
  • non-blocking Term paper
    The term paper is a revised and finalized version of a) the elaborated presentation b) team project c) individual research essay. It is 8-10 pg. long (Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.7 * Coursework + 0.3 * Term paper
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Levinson, S. C., & Max Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik, N. N. (2003). Space in Language and Cognition : Explorations in Cognitive Diversity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=112654

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Jackson, M. K. (2012). Psychology of Language. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=541057
  • Space in language and cognition: Explorations in cognitive diversity. (2003). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.repository.ubn.ru.nl.2066.105607