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Language, Culture and Mind: From Theory to Method (Module)

Module description

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 familiarize the group with a variety of theories that have driven much of the research in this field. Over the years, cognitive linguistics has moved beyond its predominantly theoretical origin, increasingly exploring the potential of empirical research in psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. The suitability, potential and limitation of research methods will form a significant part of our discussions. Recently, particular emphasis has been placed on the experiential background of language - in - use, including the cultural background and the discourse context of linguistic performance. In the past, research has been focused 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. Students do not need any prior experience of studying cognitive/ psycholinguistics.

Staff information

Dr Jill Hohenstein

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 4,000 word essay (worth 100% of the final mark)

Key information

Module code 7SSEA005

Credit level 3

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No