Language and Mind

10 Units

The course examines the relationship between language and thinking, as well as the relationship between language acquisition and cognitive development. The course also considers language processing and hemispheric specialisation; competing theories of language and language acquisition (e.g. constructivist, nativist, relativist and connectionist); and universals of language development.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of competing theories of language and language acquisition;
  2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the neurological bases of language processing;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the nature of language acquisition universals;
  4. demonstrate advanced presentational skills relevant to specialist studies in linguistics;
  5. demonstrate advanced research and general information literacy skills.
  1. Main theories of first language acquisition: behaviorist approaches to language acquisition; Piaget’s constructivism; Vygotsky’s socio-semantic model; Chomsky’s Universal Grammar; Whorfian relativism; connectionism.
  2. The neurological base of language: brain lateralisation; left hemisphere dominance; maturational constraints on language acquisition; language pathology.
  3. Evidence about the innateness of language: animal communication; developmental aspects of language; linguistic research into the acquisition of language universals.
  4. The lexicon and the brain: aspects of the acquisition of the lexicon; lexical storage and retrieval.
Assessment Items
  • Literature Review: Literature Review
  • Essay: Essay
  • Exhibition / Poster: Poster Presentation

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LING63111
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