Psychology of language and phonetic

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Psychology of language and phonetic
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
6 credits
60.0 h
Smalle Eleonore (compensates Szmalec Arnaud); Szmalec Arnaud; Vannuscorps Gilles;
Main themes
·         Introduction to the psychology of language and its research methods
·         The biological and cognitive basis of language
·         Spoken word recognition
·         Language comprehension
·         Language production
·         Discourse
·         Pragmatics

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 To obtain a general view on the cognitive processes involved in the production and comprehension of spoken language in normal adults.
With respect to the reference list of academic competences, this course primarily aims to bring the students to :
  • A1. master the knowledge that allows to explain and understand an individual, a group or an organisation
  • E2. identify the contribution and added value of psychological scientific research in the understanding of given situations
Secondly, this course aims to bring the students to:
  • A2. analyse, criticise in a motivated way and model a situation (individual, group or organisation) with reference to theories, empirical results, methods and tools relevant for psychology
  • E1. master the stages, methodologies and tools of psychological and educational scientific research

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Psychology of language
1. The biological foundations of language
2. Spoken language recognition
3. Spoken language production
4. Written language
5. Language comprehension
6. Pragmatics
1. Notions of the physics of the sound
2. Generating the sounds of spoken language
3. Transcribing the sounds of spoken language
4. Notions of articulatory phonetics
5. Notions of acoustic phonetics
6. Notions of combinatory phonetics
7. Initiation to the instrumental analysis of spoken language
Teaching methods
Lectures, with some reading and exercises  
Evaluation methods
Evaluation in session
Written exam
Psychology of language: 30 multiple choice questions and 1 open question (13 points out of 20)
Phonetics: 40 open questions (7 points out of 20)
Other information
To pass this course, you need to succeed both on the Psychology of language part, as well as on the Phonetics part. Both parts will be evaluated as separate exams. 
Online resources
Manuel de référence: Harley, T.A. (2008). The psychology of language: From data to theory (3rd Edition). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in Psychology and Education : Speech and Language Therapy

Minor in Linguistics