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  1. PS: Introduction to Psycholinguistics Winter Term 2005/06 Instructor: Daniel Wiechmann Office hours: Mon 2-3 pm Email: daniel.wiechmann@uni-jena.de Phone: 03641-944534 Web: www.daniel-wiechmann.net

  2. Session 1 • Course requirements • Come to class prepared, and participate • Short oral presentation (max 15 min) • Short homework assignments asking you to discuss (some aspect of) a paper • (Empirical) term paper (roughly 15 pages) • Deadline submission (2 weeks before SS 2006)

  3. Session 1 • Prerequisites for admission to term paper • You must not miss more than two sessions • You must prepare an outline for you term paper until session 13

  4. Session 1 • Materials respective master copies of the relevant readings can be found at my office door (R 606) [please copy all of them asap, since they tend to get lost over time] files for this course, i.e., e.g., ‘Power Point’-presentations that have been used in class can be downloaded from http://www.db-thueringen.de/content/top/index.xml (search term: ‘Psycholinguistics’ or simply use my name)

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  7. Session 1 • Aim of the course • Introduce you to some central issues in psycholinguistics • Familiarize you with the principles of empircal research and experimental design (in order to help you conduct your own research/ term paper)

  8. Session 1 • You know that this course is NOT right for you if... • ...you cannot afford spending a lot of time on this course cause there is so much you have to do this term.

  9. Session 1 • You know that this course IS right for you if... • ...you are not afraid of thourough reading and are willing to invest some time in what really is a interesting research enterprise. • ...you already have an interest in the philosophy of mind or the cognitive sciences and would like to know what liguistics can contribute to that matter

  10. Session 1 • What will we be doing? • (a little bit of) historical background on • Psycholinguistics • Cognitive science in general

  11. Session 1 • Block 1: Theoretical issues • What are the processes involved in producing and understanding language? • Do processes in language operate independently or interact (modularity)? • What is innate about language? • Do we need specific rules for language processing? (linguistic theory vs psycholinguistic theory) • What can studies from brain damage tell us? • [...]

  12. Session 1 • Block 2: Methodological block: We will... • ...think (a little) about what empirical science is all about • ...have a look at some set of experimental methods that you could apply in your own studies (sentence completion, sentence production, forced choice, etc...) • ...have a closer look at proper experimental design (ratio test items/filler items,...)

  13. Session 1 • Block 3: A glimpse into prior emprical research • We will have a look at a selected set of experimental studies, which can be used as a structural template for your term papers • Structure of a term paper: • Introduction • Method • Results • Discussion • Conclusion

  14. Session 1 • Block D: Projects • Presentation of outlines of your term papers • At this point it is required that you have already collected the necessary data • Discussion