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Advanced Course in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

This is an advanced research seminar, thus, students are expected to take up a specific research project to work on during the seminar out the possibilities offered by the instructor. Students will typically take up a published article and construct an experimental design to disucss in class. At the end of the seminar, students will present a "laboratory notebook" cointaining all the theoreticlaly and methodologically relevant aspects of their project, and the feedback received in class discussions. The course intends to reflect current state of knowledge and debate in the fields of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Theoretical issues will be discussed in the context of specific research areas, and considering specific methodologies and techniques. The purpose of the course is twofold: (1) to provide an in depth understanding of current debates and unresolved issue surrounding the biological and neurpsychological underpinning of the human language faculty, and (2) to provide the analytic and methodological tools for a research in this field.

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
ERDOZIA URIARTE, KEPAUniversity of the Basque CountryPersonal Doctor InvestigadorDoctorBilingualGeneral


Evaluar de forma crítica un trabajo científico, evaluando su contenido empírico, la adecuación de la tarea y diseño experimental y la discusión de los resultados.20.0 %
Plantearse nuevas preguntas de investigación y determinar el acercamiento experimental adecuado para dilucidarla.20.0 %
Elaborar un diseño experimental en alguna de las metodologías presentadas y discutidas en el curso.20.0 %
Ser capaz de presentar de manera estructurada, tanto oralmente como por escrito, sus conclusiones en torno a un problema avanzado relacionado con los temas tratados en el curso.20.0 %
Ser capaz de construir hipótesis nuevas a partir de la comparación e interpretación crítica de hipótesis ya existentes.20.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups10010
Applied laboratory-based groups505
Applied computer-based groups04545

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Group discussion10.0100 %
Presentations and Papers10.050 %
Student's personal work35.00 %
Theoretical presentations10.0100 %
Written discussion of a topic10.050 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Attendance and participation25.0 % 50.0 %
Continuous evaluation50.0 % 75.0 %
Critical debate in the classroom25.0 % 50.0 %
Practical tasks50.0 % 75.0 %

Ordinary call: orientations and renunciation

Students whose class attendance is less than 80% will not be able to pass the course.

Extraordinary call: orientations and renunciation

Students whose class attendance is less than 80% will not be able to pass the course.


The course will consist of discussions on central topics in the field that students will be asked to read, present, discuss and review as part of their course project. Each student will be responsible for one topic and will be in charge of preparing the presentation, leading the class discussion and reviewing the result of the discussion in a brief scientific report. Students will also be asked to elaborate abstracts of scientific papers. Course credit will not be granted to students that do not engage in discussion, presentation and review.


Compulsory materials

De la Cruz-Pavía, I.; Elordieta, G.; Sebastián-Gallés, N.; Laka, I. (2014) On the role of frequency-based cues in the segmentation strategies of adult OV/VO bilinguals. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 225-241.

Erdocia, K.; Zawiszewski, A.; Laka I. (2014) Word order processing in a second language: from VO to OV. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 43(6), 815-837.

Laka, Itziar 2009. What is there in Universal Grammar? On innate and specific aspects of language. In M. Piattelli-Palmarini, J. Uriagereka, P. Salaburu (Eds.) Of Minds and Language: A dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country, Oxford University Press, 329-343.

Lewis, S.; Phillips, C. (2013) Aligning grammatical theories and language processing models. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

Pastor, L., Laka, I. (2013) Processing facilitation strategies in OV and VO languages: a corpus study. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics Vol.3, No.3, 252-258.

Ros, I.; Santesteban, M.; Fukumura, K.; Laka, I. (2015). Aiming at shorter dependencies: the role of agreement morphology. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30, 1156-1174.

Zawiszewski, A., Santesteban, M. and Laka, I. (2016) Phi-features reloaded: An ERP study on person and number agreement processing. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37(3), pp. 601-626.

Sanz, M.; Laka, I.; Tanenhaus M. (2013) Sentence comprehension before and after 1970: topics, debates and techniques. In Sanz, M., Laka, I., Tanenhaus M. (Eds.)Language Down the Garden Path: The Cognitive and Biological Bases for Linguistic Structure, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 81-110

Basic bibliography

Harley, T. A. (2014). The Psychology of Language: From data to theory (4rd. ed.) Hove: Psychology Press. (Earlier editions 1995, 2001, 2008).

Warren, P. (2013). Introducing Psycholinguistics. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Aitchison, J. [1983] The Articulate Mammal, (2nd edn) Oxford, Blackwell.

Hoff, E. (2009). Language development (4rd edition). Beltmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Sedivy, J. (2014). Language in Mind: An introduction to Psycholinguistics. Sinauer Associates

Traxler, M.J. (2012). Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Understanding Language Science. Boston, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

In-depth bibliography

Altmann, G.T.M. (2006). History of Psycholinguistics. In K. Brown (ed). The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd edition), pp., 257-265. Elsevier.

J.F., Kroll & A.M.B. De Groot (eds.), Handbook of bilingualism: Psycholinguistic approaches (pp. 308-325). New York: Oxford University Press.

Levelt, W. (1989). Speaking: From intention to articulation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Schwieter, J. W. (Ed.). 2016. Cognitive control and consequences of multilingualism. Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Philadelphia, PA: Benjamins.

Schwieter, J. W. (Ed.). 2015. The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press


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