This module covers various aspects of how research has attempted to explore and delineate the interaction between language and mind. In the course of our discussions, we will aim to familiarise the group with a variety of theories that have driven much of the research in this field. In addition, the potentials and limitations of research methods will form a significant part of our discussions. In the past, research has been focussed on Western languages, mainly English, ignoring the majority of people in the world, who speak one or more non-English languages. We will discuss the consequences of equating language and mind processes across the world and attempt to uncover the nuances of more recent research that addresses the ways speakers of different languages think. One of our main goals is to highlight the ways that theoretical perspectives and research methods can both guide and blind researchers to the conclusions they draw from their studies.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Jill Hohenstein
Module assessment - more information
(1) One 4,000 word essay (100%).