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Course module: 800144-B-6
Psychology of Language
Course info
Course module800144-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Commun. and Inform. Sciences; TSH: Department Communication and Cognition;
Is part of
B Communication and Information Sciences
B Communication and Information Sciences (Spc.Cog.Sc & AI)
B Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
B Culture Studies
B Liberal Arts and Sciences
PM Academic Teacher in Dutch Language and Literature
PM Communication- and Information Sciences
Convenant TSH
Minor Online Culture for CIS
Contact persondr. J.A.A. Engelen
Coordinator course
dr. J.A.A. Engelen
Other course modules lecturer
K. van Nispen
Other course modules lecturer
T. van der Zanden
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 20/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
After completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of the psychology of language for science, communication, business, and society;
  • Explain key concepts and terminology used in the psychology of language;
  • Explain the different research methods used in in the psychology of language;
  • Interpret the psychology of language in a historical context;
  • Critically evaluate research papers in the psychology of language.
Every day, we engage in countless transactions that involve language in some way.  By adulthood, we are capable of exchanging very complex information with persons we have never met before. We have acquired tens of thousands of words and we can understand these words whether they are whispered in our ears or shouted at great distance. Speaking fluently, we combine hundreds of words per minute into sentences to communicate almost anything: We ask questions and give directions; we learn about events by listening to a description of them; we express joy, frustration, sadness, and countless different emotions. As phenomenal as all of this may sound, we have gone a step further. We have developed systems to express language not just by listening and speaking, but also by reading and writing. Many of us use various languages and scripts to achieve all of this.

This course tries to answer the questions we have about how humans use language:

Why do we need language? How do children acquire language? Do animals have language? What are the scientific methods used to study how humans use language? What is multilingualism? How many languages can one person know? How many words are there in any language and can we know all of them? What is the relationship between language and brain? What do we know about how listening reading, writing, speech, and hearing really work? What can we learn from language disorders and from errors in language?


The course work consists of:
  1. Two individual assignments, each counting for 20% of your final grade;
  2. A final written exam, counting for 60% of your final grade.
In order to pass the course, you need a passing grade on the combined individual assignments as well as on the exam.

Compulsory Reading
  1. 1.Traxler, M.J., Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Understanding Language Science, Wiley, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4051-9862-2.
  2. selected articles
Recommended Reading
  1. Sedivy, J., & Carlson, G., Sold on language: how advertisers talk to you and what this says about you, John Wiley & Sons, 2011, ISBN 978-0-4706-8309-5.

Timetable information
800144-B-6|Psychology of Language
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk (60 %) / Written (60%)EXAM_01SM 1119-12-2018
Schriftelijk (60 %) / Written (60%)EXAM_01SM 1223-01-2019
Required materials
To be announced
Recommended materials
Written (60%)

2 individual assignments (40%)

Final Grade

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