Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism
7.5 credits cr.
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The course aims to provide knowledge about bilingualism from a psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and cognitive perspective. The course focuses on some of the most central issues in the field of bilingualism from a psycho- and neuro-linguistic perspective.
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Examples of the issues the course focuses on include the role of age of acquisition, the question of ultimate attainment, the role of cross-linguistic influence, and individual differences. These questions will be addressed in light of current theoretical models of bilingual language representation and processing. The course also explores the relationship between language and cognition.
The course aims to provide knowledge about bilingualism and multilingualism at individual level from a psychological, neurolinguistic and cognitive perspective. Here the course covers models for bilingual language storage and language processing, and these are studied in the light of phenomena such as second language acquisition/learning, language choice, language separation, language loss (attrition) and language pathological phenomena (e.g. aphasia and dementia), learning age, maturity restrictions and critical period (s), as well as individual factors such as language aptitude and motivation. Cognition and bilingualism are treated with respect to the relationship between language and thought, conceptual transfer, and general cognitive skills (such as executive control).
After a completed course, you will be able to:
- Discuss and problematize the basic concepts of psycho- and neurolinguistics from a learning and bilingualism perspective
- Describe some of the most relevant factors that influence bilingualism/second language acquisition and discuss these critically from a psycho- and neurolinguistic perspective (e.g., role of age in bilingualism, bilingual language activation, the bilingual lexicon, etc.)
- Describe and critically discuss individual differences in second language acquisition
- Describe and discuss models of language processing and development in bilinguals and second language learners, including theoretical models about the neurological correlates of the phenomena concerned (in terms of brain areas and brain responses)
- Describe and critically discuss some of the evidence concerning the relationship between bilingualism and cognition.
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Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
ContactStudy counselling/Course administration – BILINGUALISM