9.59J / 24.905J Psycholinguistics

Spring 2005

Diagram of Chinese word order for a relative clause sentence.
The Chinese word order for the relative clause sentence, "The official who the tycoon invited has bad intentions." (Graphic by Prof. Edward Gibson.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list.

Course Description

This course covers central topics in language processing, including: the structure of language; sentence, discourse, and morphological processing; storage and access of words in the mental dictionary; speech processing; the relationship between the computational resources available in working memory and the language processing mechanism; and ambiguity resolution. The course also considers computational modeling, including connectionist models; the relationship between language and thought; and issues in language acquisition including critical period phenomena, the acquisition of speech, and the acquisition of words. Experimental methodologies such as self-paced reading, eye-tracking, cross-modal priming, and neural imaging methods are also examined.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Edward Gibson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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