Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to
- take position in intellectual debates in the field of language and communication
- review the main research traditions in the field of language and communication, including their different terminologies
- translate important research questions in the field of language and communication into actual experiments
In this course, students will practice and strengthen the following academic skills:
- Academic reasoning skills: in the form of critical analysis and discussion of research literature
- Academic research skills: in the form of designing a theoretically relevant novel experiment
- Academic writing skills: in the form of writing a commentary to an important research article
- Communication skills: in the form of interactive discussions of the research literature in class
This course will introduce the student to important questions in the field of language and communication. What is the main function of language? How did language evolve as a referential communication system? What are the structural properties of language and how does language structure influence language processing? What is the relationship between discourse and cognition? To what extent is language embodied? How does language serve face-to-face communication? This course will make clear that different research traditions in the field of language and communication answer these questions in different ways, using different terminologies.
This is the basic introductory class of the Research Master Language & Communication. The course is taught in Tilburg and Nijmegen. Classes taught by Dr. Roel Willems will normally take place in Nijmegen; those by Dr. David Peeters in Tilburg.
The overall grade for this course is calculated on the basis of three take-home exercises:
- Written commentary (35% of the final grade)
- Written theoretical essay (35% of the final grade)
- Design of an experiment (30% of the final grade)
Literature will be announced by the course coordinators.