The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
04 April 2019


Requisites for this module
LG115 or LG116 or PS111


LG358, LG420

Key module for

BA QB36 English Language and Language Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ3C English Language and Language Development,
BA QQ3F English Language and Language Development (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module builds on LG115-4-AU (Psycholinguistics I) and LG116-4-SP (Psycholinguistics II) and focuses on language processing (i.e. psycholinguistics in the 'narrow' sense). This is an introduction to psycholinguistics, the study of how humans learn, represent, comprehend, and produce language. Topics covered in the course are likely to include visual and auditory recognition of words, sentence comprehension, sentence production, language acquisition, and the neural representation of language. Specific questions to be addressed include:

* How do we perceive and recognise speech?
* How are words and concepts stored in our mind?
* How do we recognise written words?
* How do we comprehend sentences and texts, and how do we process non-literal language?
Students will be given the opportunity to gain some practical experience with the elaboration of a research poster.

Module aims

By the end of this course you should have a solid understanding of both the research methodologies used in psycholinguistics and many of the well-established major findings in the field.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student will be able to:
(1) define core terms and concepts in language processing research, describe commonly used empirical methods and discuss the core assumptions of relevant theoretical models;
(2) understand psycholinguistic experimental data;
(3) summarise and present empirical results clearly and accurately;
(4) critically evaluate theoretical approaches and research methods used in language processing research, and
(5) present ideas in a structured and coherent way, using appropriate style and terminology, and demonstrating clarity, precision, accuracy and originality.

Module information


The list of topics presented in the first half of the lecture is as follows, with their corresponding chapters in Traxler (2011):
1- Module introduction, experimental methodology (Ch.1)
2- Speech production and comprehension (Ch.2)
3- Word and sentence processing (Ch.3-4)
4- Reading (Ch.10)
5- Language development (Ch.9)
6- Discourse processing and reference (Ch.5-6)
7- Non-literal language processing and dialogue (Ch.7-8)
8- Bilingualism and sign language (Ch.11-12)
9- Aphasia and right hemisphere language function (Ch.13-14)
10- Poster presentation
In the second part of the lecture, you will focus on the content and structure of experimental/scientific research, with practical exercises, to gather the tools and skills to prepare the poster, and understand better scientific papers you will read during your studies.

Learning and teaching methods

The weekly course meetings will be a mixture of lectures, exercises & group discussions.


  • Matthew J. Traxler. (2012) Introduction to psycholinguistics: understanding language science, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Paul Warren. (2013) Introducing psycholinguistics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Poster Presentation    20% 
Coursework   Essay - 3 Questions   21/02/2020  40% 
Coursework   Poster Submission  27/03/2020  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Claire Delle Luche, email: c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk.
Dr. Claire Delle Luche
Tel: 01206 872113, Email: c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk Office: 4.342



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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