Linguistics 5701: Psycholinguistics I

This course is an introduction to the psychological processes for producing and understanding speech, the means by which they arise in the child, and bases in the brain.

Instructor: William Schuler

Meeting time: Wednesday and Friday 11:10am-12:30pm in PAES A111

Web site: The updated syllabus, assignments, slides, etc. will be posted here, so check it regularly.

Textbook: "Language in Mind: An introduction to Psycholinguistics," Julie Sedivy. Sinauer Associates, 2014. ISBN 978-0-87-893598-7.

Course Content:

Wk Reading due Tuesday Lecture: Wednesday Reading due Thursday Lecture: Friday
1 1/8
Sedivy Ch 1 pp 1—7
overview of course and readings
Sedivy Ch 2 pp 9—31
1/11 PS1 handout
background: neural activation
2 1/15
Sedivy Ch 2 pp 31—53
background: associative memory background: linear algebra
Shain and Schuler 2018
discussion of Shain and Schuler 2018 (Nanjiang)
3 1/22
Tom Mitchell video
discussion of Tom Mitchell video (Nick)
1/24 PS1 due (postponed to 1/29)
Sedivy Ch 3 pp 55—75
1/25 PS2 handout
background: ambiguity and resolution
4 1/29
Sedivy Ch 3 pp 75—104
background: complex ideas
Fedorenko et al 2016
discussion of Fedorenko et al 2016 (Jacqueline)
5 2/5
Sedivy Ch 4 pp 104—121
background: generalization (learning)
2/7 PS2 due (postponed to 2/12)
Sedivy Ch 4 pp 121—143
2/8 PS3 handout
6 2/12
Morley 2018
discussion of Morley 2018 (Kevin)
Elsner and Shain 2017
discussion of Elsner and Shain 2017 (Lian)
7 2/19
Sedivy Ch 6 pp 185—206
background: probabilistic hierarchic events
2/21 PS3 due (postponed to 2/26)
Sedivy Ch 6 pp 206—231
8 2/26
Jin et al 2018 excluding Sections 3.2 and 3.3
discussion of Jin et al 2018 (Byung-Doh)
Sedivy Ch 8 pp 279—295
context-free grammars
9 3/5
Sedivy Ch 8 pp 295—328
background: hierarchic prediction
3/7 proposal abstract and draft references due 3/8
processes: encoding and decoding cued associations
10 (spring break)
11 3/19
Levy 2008 pp 1126—1144 excluding proof in sect 2.1
3/20 PS4 handout
discussion of Levy 2008 (Richard/John)
3/21 proposal annotated bibliography due (postponed to 3/26)
Levy 2008 pp 1144—1169
cont'd discussion of Levy 2008 (Richard/John)
12 3/26
Sedivy Ch 10 pp 373—397
processes: probabilistic interactive semantics
Sedivy Ch 10 pp 397—420
13 4/2 PS4 due
Rasmussen and Schuler 2018
discussion of Rasmussen and Schuler 2018 (Philip)
Jaffe et al 2018
discussion of Jaffe et al 2018 (Elizabeth)
14 4/9
Dotlacil and Brasoveanu 2015
discussion of Dotlacil and Brasoveanu 2015 (Vasudha)
4/11 proposal methods and materials due
Stevens et al 2017
discussion of Stevens et al 2017 (Genevieve)
15 4/16
Elsner et al 2017
discussion of Elsner et al 2017 (Rexhina)
4/18 prepare presentations 4/19
proposal presentations
15 4/23 project proposal due (end of semester)

Successful course participation involves:

All readings will be made available via Carmen (under Content), and written assignments will be handed in via Carmen Dropbox.

Late Policy:

All deadlines specified in this syllabus are firm, meaning that no late submissions will be accepted barring documented medical or other emergencies.

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