Instructor: Adele Goldberg
Description of Course Goals and CurriculumThe goal of the course is to make clear the many ways in which learning, producing, and comprehending language is an incredible ability. You will be introduced to the basic theoretical ideas, experimental techniques and findings, major controversies, and basic concepts of the psychology of language. This class meets twice a week for 50 minute lectures, and once a week for 50 minute precept. You will have a midterm and final exam.
Learning From Classroom InstructionMost of the learning in this course happens in lecture, and is fleshed out through precept. Lecture slides are posted, and lecture content supplements and expands upon material in the textbook.
Learning For and From AssignmentsWeekly textbook readings are important for guiding lecture material, and the exams really make you analyze and apply what you've learned in lecture to new situations and concepts.
External ResourcesJulie Sedivy. Language in Mind. 2014. Be sure to use free on-line materials which include helpful glossary, flashcards, chapter outlines.
What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course SelectionTake this class even if you aren't a psychology major or a linguistics person! You will learn so much about how the mind works, as language is indicative of many other cognitive functions. You won't regret taking this course!
Psychology of Language