LG421-7-SP-CO:
Phonological Development

The details
2019/20
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
04 April 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA Q15012 Psycholinguistics

Module description

This course explores how children learn about the sound structure of their native language. We trace this process from birth to the first school years, and examine what methods can be used to study it. We also consider what kind of learning mechanisms are at play, and how phonological knowledge can help children in initialising the acquisition of other aspects of language, such as grammar and vocabulary. Finally, we discuss how phonological development differs in children with common types of speech sound disorders, and what methods can be used for their remediation. Both perception and production are evaluated.

Module aims

i) Acquire expertise in interpreting and understanding behavioural research in early speech perception
ii) Gain some familiarity with the phonological analysis of speech production.
iii) Hone critical thinking skills
iv) Be agile with different assessment methods

Module learning outcomes

(i) to provide students with an overview of theoretical issues, experimental methods, and psycholinguistic models in early phonological acquisition
(ii) to enable students to understand and assess current scientific debates in this area, and
(iii) to help students understand the clinical implications of speech sound disorders.

Module information

For example – summer language course abroad

Learning and teaching methods

1 x 2hr lecture per week for 10 weeks.

Bibliography

  • Johnson, Wyn; Reimers, Paula Mami. (2010) Patterns in child phonology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh 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 2500 Word Essay 03/04/2020 70%
Coursework Case Study Poster 17/04/2020 30%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Claire Delle Luche
Claire Delle Luche, 4.313, 872113, c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Sarah Ann Liszka
Senior Lecturer
Resources
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
Linguistics

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