611 Psychological Background to Linguistic Theory (3 units)

Spring 2013


MW 10:10 - 12:05 - South College 301


Thomas Roeper []

Lyn Frazier []


This introduction to psycholinguistics is designed to explore the basic psychological foundations of linguistic theory while simultaneously introducing students to the central ideas in contemporary studies of language acquisition and parsing. The course reviews the competence/performance distinction, modularity, theory-internal vs. external explanation, phrase structure parsing, empty category identification, evaluation metrics and parameter-setting theories of acquisition. Students will be exposed to experimental approaches to linguistic and psycholinguistic questions.