School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Psychology of LanguageWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 100023.6

Discipline: PSYCHOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Solid understanding of perception, cognitive processes, and experimental design and analysis in psychology and/or a solid understanding of linguistics and research methods in linguistics.

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 120 credit points.

About this Unit
This unit acquaints students with major issues in the psychology of language. Through a series of online modules, it examines different approaches to research and theory on questions such as: the acquisition and development of language; the relationship between language and thought; bilingualism and multilingualism; speech perception and production; sign language; reading and writing; the neurophysiological underpinnings of language; patterns of language breakdown and communication disorders; social aspects of language; language in non-human animals. The tutorials take a hands-on approach, where students learn new skills, such as reading and producing phonetic symbols, creating stimuli for use in psycholinguistic research, and analysing children's speech.

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