Focus on Language and the Mind

Language of instruction



Students are required to have passed an introductory module in linguistics at Bachelor-level. The level of English language skills required for this course should correspond to the level taught in the Language Skills and Culture introductory module.


Seminars in this module will focus on biological and/or socio-psychological aspects of language in the fields of language acquisition/ representation/processing. They will take a cognitive/experimental approach to  core areas of language (phonology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics). Seminars included in this module also cover cognitive aspects of language contact and multilingualism.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to research relevant methodologial and theoretical background, including data collection and analysis. On the basis of relevant literature, they develop their own research hypotheses and apply the core concepts in the analysis of their data. They learn to discuss and present these aspects in class and subsequently integrate them into their written work.