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23.09.2023 06:52:34
ang616 - Language Acquisition and Processing (Course overview)
Institute of English and American Studies 6 KP
Module components Semester courses Sommersemester 2023 Examination
  • Limited access 3.02.161 - S Acquiring Language with a Learning Bias Show lecturers
    • Stephanie Kaucke, M.A.

    Monday: 14:15 - 15:45, weekly (from 17/04/23)

    Some sounds and sound sequences occur much more frequently in the world's languages (such as /a/ or /p/) while others are rather rare (such as /y/ or /ð/). Likewise, during first language acquisition, infants acquire the more frequent sounds earlier than the less frequent sounds. But why are not all sounds or sound sequences acquired equally well? One explanation for this is a learning bias, specifically a substantive bias, which assumes that those sounds or sound sequences that are easy to produce or to perceive will be acquired more easily than those that are more difficult. So in this seminar, we will run an empirical study together to test for such a difference in the learnability of vowel harmony vs. vowel disharmony. Thus, you will learn how to prepare and set up a psycholinguistic experiment and how to statistically analyse the data that we gathered.

  • Limited access 3.02.162 - S Language Acquisition: The Growth of Grammar Show lecturers
    • Dobrinka Genevska-Hanke

    Wednesday: 14:15 - 15:45, weekly (from 12/04/23)

    This course aims at introducing students to the acquisition of the syntax of English as a first language (L1), including universals of the acquisition process and instances of atypical language development. We will look into different phenomena and discuss theories of language acquisition, testing their explanatory power in the face of child language data. In addition, we will deal with research methods in acquisition and gain insights into the evaluation of language data. By the end of the course, students will be able to give an overview of the milestones of the acquisition of English syntax, elaborate on acquisition theory and research but also conduct a small research project themselves.

Hinweise zum Modul
- Aktive Teilnahme (gemäß § 9 Abs. 5 BPO neu) - Curriculare Abfolge (gemäß § 9 Abs. 6 BPO neu): erfolgreicher Abschluss von ang060 Introduction to Linguistics and the English Language (Teil 1 und 2)
Abgabe schriftlicher Leistungen bis spätestens 15.03. im Wintersemester bzw. 15.09. im Sommersemester.
Module examination
Skills to be acquired in this module
Studierende erlangen die Fähigkeit, Spracherwerbstheorien oder Theorien der Sprachverarbeitung (Produktion und Rezeption) problemorientiert darzustellen und auf zentrale Fragen der Sprachbeschreibung (des Englischen) zu beziehen. Studierende können im Problembereich der Erwerbs- und Verarbeitungsproblematik insbesondere: Spracherwerbstheorien sowie verschiedene Erwerbssituationen (L1, L2, Bilingualismus) linguistisch exakt kritisch erläutern; psycholinguistische Erklärungsansätze für den Bereich Sprachverständnis und Sprachproduktion linguistisch exakt kritisch erläutern; Methoden und Verfahren der angewandten Linguistik in Spracherwerb und Psycholinguistik benennen, kritisch erläutern und forschungsbezogen anwenden.