Language Development

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LTX028M10
Vaknaam Language Development
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Language Development
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are able to:
1. Understand and apply basic and complex concepts, theories and methods in language development.
2. Independently search the literature on specific themes in language development and critically select, process and analyze information from these sources.
3. Independently develop and convincingly motivate linguistic argumentation for a research proposal on a topic in language development (including niche, RQ and hypothesis, and approach), and for an essay presenting a position on a topic in language development (providing supporting and contrasting evidence with examples from the literature).
4. Participate in academic debate with peers and present topics in language development convincingly, both orally and in writing, using their own insights and critically evaluate those of others.
Omschrijving This course offers an overview of various fields of research on language development, including first acquisition and multilingualism. Several theoretical models of language development are presented: Nativism and Universal Grammar, Usage-Based Approaches to Language Learning and Dynamic Systems Theory. We then focus on the following themes: various domains of first language acquisition (word learning, early syntax, complex syntax, semantics and pragmatics), including bilingual acquisition in children; acquisition perspectives on creole and mixed language formation; heritage language evolution and attrition; language processing in multilingual speakers. These themes cover areas of research interests of current researchers in the Neurolinguistics and Language Development and the Language in Society groups of the Center for Linguistics and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm nog niet bekend
(2 uur werkcollege, 2 uur hoorcollege)
Toetsvorm essay, werkstuk(ken)
Vaksoort master
Coƶrdinator dr. A.M.H. van Hout
Docent(en) Dr. M. Mazzoli ,dr. A.M.H. van Hout
Verplichte literatuur
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There will a list of required readings to be found via the RUG library, some of which with direct links to digital publications.
Entreevoorwaarden A basic background in linguistics is required.
Opmerkingen This is an elective course for MA Linguistics, ReMa Linguistics and other MA programs, including the educational masters.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester I keuze
Ma Educatie in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen, track Duits (2jr na Bachelor) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Educatie in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen, track Engels (2 jr na bachelor) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Educatie in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen, track Frans (2jr na bachelor) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Educatie in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen, track Nederlands (2jr na Ba) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Educatie in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen, track Spaans (2jr na bachelor) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Taalwetenschappen  (Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics - Language Development and Variation) 1 semester I verplicht
ReMa Taalwetenschappen / Linguistics  (ReMa Language and Cognition) 1 semester I keuze