Psycholinguistics - UiL OTS

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 200.00
Advanced Bachelor
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The course offers an introduction to Artificial Grammar Learning, a methodology used to study the learning mechanisms that human beings possess, which allow them to effortlessly (and often subconsciously) detect patterns in the input. We consider these learning mechanisms for their role in language acquisition, their relationship to other human cognitive abilities, their neurological underpinnings and their functioning in language-impaired populations.

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.

Course director

Kirsten Schutter, MSc

Course aim

To allow students to acquaint themselves with the basic principles of psycholinguistics.

Study load

Daily 2 1/2 hour session; max one hour homework per day.


Course fee
€ 200.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

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.


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.


A motivation letter is required from non-EU residents. You can send it via email to the course director.

More information

Piet van Tuijl T: +31 (0)30 253 6060 E: p.vantuijl@uu.nl


Application deadline: 31 July 2019