Psych/Ling 413

Psychology of Language

Spring, 2012

Instructor:   Dr. Alison Morris
Office:  Room 490, Science I
Phone:  294-7532
Email:  almorris@iastate.edu

Class meeting:  T-TH 12:40-1:55 pm   
                               Coover 1016
Office Hours:      T-TH 10:00-11:30 am 
                                

Web:  http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/~almorris/courses.413.html

Copy of full Syllabus is HERE

Term paper handout HERE

Paper grading rubric HERE

Class presentation handout HERE

Presentation grading chart HERE

List of approved paper topics

Tentative schedule of topics and readings:

Note. This schedule is only tentative. We may get more heavily involved in discussing some topics, so they make take a bit more time; other topics may take less time.

Week 1 - Jan 10-12

Introduction

TED talk -- Steven Pinker

 

Language in animals?

Animal_language_slides

Links to videos (includes Kanzi)

 

 

 

Reading

Ch. 1-3

Miller, G.A. (1990). The place of language in a scientific psychology. Psychological Science, 1, 7-14

Ch. 13 pp 379-392


Burling, R. (1993). Primate calls, human language, and
nonverbal communication.
Current Anthropology, 34,
25-37.
(Comments are optional reading)

 

Week 2 - Jan 17-19

**BEGIN WEEKLY QUIZZES**


Perception of Language

Speech_Perception_slides

Fast talking

Vocal fold vibration

Articulatory phonetics (U of Iowa)

Pattern Playback

Behavioral infant study

McGurk effect

Phoneme restoration

 

 

Ch. 4 pp. 68-90

McGurk, H., & MacDonald, J. (1976). Hearing lips and seeing voices.
Nature, 264, 746-748.


Nygaard, L. C., Sommers, M. S., & Pisoni, D. B. (1994).
Speech perception as a
talker-contingent process.
Psychological Science, 5, 42-46.

Week 3 - Jan 24-26

Perception of Language, cont.

Spoken_Word_Recognition_slides

 

Reading_slides

More_reading_slides

Still_more_reading_slides

 

 

 

 

Ch. 4 pp. 91-101

Daneman, M., & Reingold, E. (1993). What eye fixations tell us about phonological
recoding during reading. Canadian
Journal of Experimental Psychology, 47
,
153-178. CLICK HERE


Rayner, K., White, S. J., Johnson, R. L., &
Liversedge, S. P. (2006). Raeding wrods with jubmled lettres. There is a cost.
Psychological Science, 17, 192-193.

 

Week 4 - Jan 31-Feb 2

The Internal Lexicon

Word_meaning_slides

 

 

Ch. 5

 

 

 

Week 5 - Feb 7-9

The Internal Lexicon, continued

Lexical_access_slides

Lexical_ambiguity_slides

 

 

WordNet

Visuwords

Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA)

 

 

Rayner, K., & Frazier, L. (1989). Selection mechanisms in reading lexically
ambiguous words. Journal of
Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 15
, 779-790.
CLICK HERE


Zwaan, R. A., Stanfield, R. A., & Yaxley, R. H. (2002). Language comprehenders mentally represent the shapes of objects.
Psychological Science, 13, 168-171.

 

 

 

Week 6 - Feb 14-16

Sentence Comprehension

Sentence_comprehension_slides

 

 

 

Ch. 6

Ferreira, F., Bailey, K. G. D., & Ferraro, V. (2002). Good-enough representations in language comprehension. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 11-15.


Week 7 - Feb 21-23

Figurative Language

Figurative_Language1_slides

Figurative_Language2_slides

 

 

 

Glucksberg, S. (1998). Understanding metaphors. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 7, 39-43.

 

 

 

Week 8 - Feb 28-Mar 1

 

Discourse Comprehension

Discourse_slides

 

Language Production

Speech_errors_slides

Speech_models_slides

 

 

Ch. 7 pp. 157-175

Van Den Broek, P., Linzie, B., Fletcher, C., & Marsolek, C. J. (2000). The role of causal discourse structure in narrative writing. Memory & Cognition, 28, 711-721.

 

 

Ch. 8 pp. 191-211

Ferreira, V. S., & Griffin, Z. M. (2003). Phonological influences on lexical (mis)selection. Psychological Science, 14, 86-90.

Week 9 - Mar 6-8

Conversation

Conversation_slides

 

 

 

 

Issues in Language Acquisition

WordLearning_slides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ch. 9 pp. 224-234

Wilkes-Gibbs, D., & Clark, H. H. (1992). Coordinating beliefs in conversation. Journal of Memory and Language, 31, 183-194. CLICK HERE


Keysar, B., & Henly, N. (2002). Speaker's overestimation of their effectiveness. Psychological Science, 13, 207-212.

 

Ch. 12

Newman, R. S. (2008). The level of detail in infants' word learning. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 229-232.


Yuan, S., & Fisher, C. (2009). "Really? She blicked the baby?": Two-year-olds learn combinatorial facts about verbs by listening. Psychological Science, 20, 619-626.

 

 

Week 10 - Mar 13-15

SPRING BREAK!!!!

 

 

Week 11 - Mar 20-22

***PAPER TOPIC DUE 3/22***

Bilingualism

 

Bilingualism1_slides

Bilingualism2_slides

 

 

 

 

 

Ch. 11 pp. 310-323

Spivey, M. J., & Marian, V. (1999). Cross-talk between native and second languages: Partial activation of an
irrelevant lexicon. Psychological Science, 10, 281-284.


Bialystok, E., & Craik, F. I. M. (2010). Cognitive and linguistic processing in the bilingual mind. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 19-23.

 

Week 12 - Mar 27-29

Language and Brain

Brain1_slides

Aphasia video (Norm Geschwind)

Broca's aphasia video

Wernicke's aphasia video

Ch. 13 pp. 354-379

Bellugi, U., Jarvinen-Pasley, A., Doyle, T. F., Reilly, J., Reiss, A. L., & Korenberg, J. R. (2007). Affect, social behavior, and the brain in Williams Syndrome. Current
Directions in Psychological Science, 16
, 99-104.

 

 

Week 13 - Apr 3-5

Language and Brain, Continued

Brain2_slides

Newscaster aphasia video 1

Newscaster aphasia video 2

Newscaster aphasia video 3

Hemispherectomy video (start at 21:27)

 

Language and Thought

Language and Thought slides

 

Ch. 14

Boroditsky, L. (2001). Does language shape thought?: Mandarin and English speakers' conceptions of time. Cognitive Psychology, 43, 1-22.


Barner, D., Li, P., & Snedeker, J. (2010). Words as windows to thought: The case of object representation. Current
Directions in Psychological Science, 19
, 195-200.

Week 14 - Apr 10-12

Student Presentations

 

Nation, Duff, Haase, Ohge, Rueschenberg

Curran, Wenck, Boyd, Frana, Wu

Week 15 - Apr 17-19

Student Presentations

Arnold, Anderson, Grissom, Dawson, Donaldson

Frundle, Brady, Sipfle, Tazzioli, Malone

Week 16 - Apr 24-26

***TERM PAPERS DUE 4/26***

Student Presentations

 

Pappas, Howie, Waechter, Korpi, Peters

Parmley, Peterson, Tapp, Hasenmiller, Pilney

QUIZ info

Median quiz average = 7.42

 

 

 


 

8.5-10 A

8-8.49 B+

6.75-8 B

6.25-6.75 B-

5.5-6.25 C+

4.0-5.5 C

< 4.0 D