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PSY4250 - Contemporary issues in psycholinguistics

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Greg Yelland


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit will explore a variety of current and controversial issues within the domain of psycholinguistics through student presentations and class discussion. The fundamental issues for the psycholinguist is what it is that we as language users do that enables us to comprehend produce meaningful language in its various forms, and increasingly, what goes wrong when language fails. Each seminar covers a different topic selected from: the acquisition language, the mysteries of reading and spelling; language and the deaf; bilingualism and a range of developmental, acquired and progressive disorders of language (including dyslexia, SLI, stuttering, autism, aphasia and dementia).


On completion of the unit, students will have:

  1. acquired knowledge of fundamental issues underpinning modern psychlinguists, including areas such as the structure of the processing system supporting out use of language, the child's acquisition of spoken and written language forms, and the nature of the deficits underlying a variety of language disorders;
  2. gained an understanding of the contemporary research, theoretical and applied issues in psycholinguistics and have developed the skills necessary to critically appraise the current literature;
  3. gained an appreciation of the value of informed group discussion in evaluating important ideas in psychology; and
4, further developed skills in written and oral communication and the use of current information technologies.


Seminar presentation: 35%
Participation in class discussion: 30%
Essay (1500 words): 35%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

16 hour residential school


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