This course focuses on the psycholinguistic endeavour of mapping out the learning and cognitive mechanisms that allow humans to pick up patterns and regularities in linguistic input, and that might thus support the process of language acquisition. We will focus on Artificial Grammar Learning (AGL), a methodology that has been employed to study learning mechanisms, and to demonstrate that humans have an aptitude for spontaneously (and subconsciously) detecting structure in the unfamiliar input that they perceive. We will discuss AGLresearch with a critical eye, and its (in/)ability to: (i) answer big questions about the nature of language; (ii) identify processes that might be involved in language acquisition or language processing; (iii) map out an aspect of human cognition that is not explained by other cognitive abilities like memory, attention, IQ, etc.); (iv) explain developmental language disorders as underlying deficits in specific learning mechanisms; (v) combine with innovative experimental methods to open up interdisciplinary avenues for research.
This course is offered by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, the home of linguistic and communications research at Utrecht University.
This course is part of the preparations for entrance into the RMA Linguistics at Utrecht University.
Housing through Utrecht Summer School
Discount of €50 if combined with at least one more Linguistics course whose title includes mention of UiL OTS and for which the full amount is paid.
If this is the 2nd week you are using Utrecht Summerschool housing, the housing fee is €150.
A motivation letter is required from non-EU residents. You can send it via email to the course director.