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Graduate Courses in Cognitive Science of Language

Courses Offered in 2016-17

Term 1

  • CogSci 721 – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am TSH 619
  • CogSci 725/726 – Thursdays, 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm TSH 619
  • CogSci 730  – Tuesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm TSH 619

Term 2

  • CogSci 713 – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am TSH 619
  • CogSci 722– Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm TSH 619
  • CogSci 725/726 – Thursdays, 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm TSH 619

Courses Listed in the Graduate Calendar

Note: * denotes half courses; # denotes quarter course modules

*6D03 Computers and Linguistic Analysis
This course studies the linguistic applications of computer technology in general, and language processing in particular, including parsers and machine translation.

*6EL3 Laboratory in Experimental Linguistics
Students will collaborate to plan, carry out, analyse and report an experiment addressing a cognitive aspect of language processing or acquisition.

*6LB3 Advanced Phonetics and Phonology
This course examines advanced issues in phonetics and phonology, seeking to evaluate current theory and to address data that fall beyond the explanatory capacities of those paradigms. The course is data oriented, with material taken from several languages.

*6LC3 Advanced Morphology and Syntax
This course examines advanced issues in morphology and syntax, seeking to evaluate current theory and to address data that fall beyond the explanatory capacities of those paradigms. The course is data oriented, with material taken from several languages.

*6R03 Cross-Cultural Communication
Students will explore the links between language and culture and learn skills necessary to be intermediaries between cultures. Topics include: communication between genders, the cognitive role of metaphor, language and perception, emotions across cultures, culture and advertising, body language and cultural stereotyping.

*6S03 Interpersonal Communication
This course offers an introduction to contemporary interpersonal communication theories and research. Topics include: small group communication, persuasive communication, argumentation strategies, conflict resolution and computer mediated, intercultural, international and political communication.

*6XX3 Topics in Linguistic Theory
issues in different aspects of Linguistic Theory and Advanced Philology. Consult the Department for the topic to be offered.

#712 Reading Course (Linguistics)
Directed reading course or  intensive research module on advanced level topics  in Linguistics.  The course may be repeated once on a different  topic or module or a combination of reading course and module.

#713 Reading Course (Cognitive Science)
Directed reading course or  intensive research module on advanced level topics  in Cognitive Science.  The course may be repeated once on a different  topic or module or a combination of reading course and module.

#714 Directed Reading in Clinical and Applied Linguistics
Directed reading course or intensive research module on advanced-level topics in Clinical and Applied Linguistics. The course may be repeated once on a different topic or module.

*721 Fundamentals of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
The course will examine a range of linguistic topics from the cognitive and cognitive neuroscience perspectives. Linguistic topics will include but not be limited to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The course will emphasize cognitive processing mechanisms for typical language as well as a range of developmental and acquired disorders of language processing. No single text will be used but rather selected readings that will include current research articles and book chapters.

*722 Contemporary Issues in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
The course is a continuation of CSL 721 and will examine current issues and controversies in the cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience of language areas. Linguistic topics will include but not be limited to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The course will emphasize cognitive processing mechanisms for typical language as well as a range of developmental and acquired disorders of language processing. No single text will be used but rather selected readings that will include current research articles and book chapters.

*723 Bilingual Language Processing
The course studies the psycholinguistic research on the processes and mental representations involved in language processing in bilinguals.  The central question is the extent to which a bilingual’s two languages influence each other at the levels of phonological, lexical, syntactic and semantic processing.

*724 Human Sentence Processing
The course studies current theories of how the human mind parses and interprets sentences in real-time, contrasting symbolic computation models with non-symbolic connectionist accounts .  Readings are drawn from the primary literature investigating linguistic and psychological factors that play a role in real-time comprehension.

#725 The Cognitive Science of Language MSc. Lecture Series
The course is comprised of a series of one-hour lectures by established researchers in areas encompassed by the Cognitive Science of Language program. Talks will occur biweekly (i.e., fortnightly) and will be followed by a discussion period.

#726 The Cognitive Science of Language Ph.D. Lecture Series
The course is comprised of a series of one-hour lectures by established researchers in areas encompassed by the Cognitive Science of Language program. Doctoral students will be expected to make at least one presentation in the series. Talks will occur biweekly and will be followed by a discussion period.

*727 Visual Language Processing
This course will provide a critical overview of current theories and models of visual recognition of words and continuous texts, as well as introduce students to the experimental technique of eye-tracking. The extensive discussion of visual, cognitive and linguistic processes implicated in reading will be complemented by the hands-on experience of planning and conducting eye-tracking experiments and analyzing eye-movement data.

*730  Language Analysis Methods: Phonology and Morphology
This course is a foundational course whose aim is to ensure that students are familiar with current approaches and issues in the areas of phonology and morphology. Students will work through complex cross-linguistic data from a variety of approaches in order to evaluate the effectiveness of particular theoretical models in handling phonological, morphological and morphophonological phenomena. Particular attention will be paid to phonological phenomena that are sensitive to morphological (morpheme) structure.

*731 Language Analysis Methods: Syntax and Semantics
This course is a foundational course whose aim is to ensure that students are familiar with current approaches and issues in the areas of syntax and semantics. Students will work through complex cross-linguistic data from a variety of approaches in order to evaluate the effectiveness of particular theoretical models in handling syntactic phenomena and in how meaning is derived  at  the word, sentence or discourse level.

*732 Contemporary issues in semantics and pragmatics
The course elaborates on the foundations of formal semantics and pragmatics introduced in COGSCI 731.  It introduces intensional semantics and investigates the relation between formal semantics and formal pragmatics.

*733 Intonational Phonology
Intonational phonology is the study of the suprasegmental features of an utterance (e.g. F0, duration, and amplitude) that contribute to its meaning. This course aims to ensure students are familiar with current approaches and issues in the areas of intonational phonology. Topics will include, among others, the analysis, representation and processing of intonational structure within the autosegmental/ metrical model of intonational phonology.

*734 Contemporary Issues in Syntax
The course extends the basics of syntactic theory introduced in LING 3I03 and COGSCIL *731. The course uses detailed investigation of topics in syntactic theory to familiarize students with tools and methods used in current syntactic frameworks, such as Minimalist Program.

*735 Contemporary Issues in Linguistic Theory / I. Kucerova, A. Moro
The course offers a detailed investigation of current topics in linguistic theory. The class will concentrate on current research issues related to Spell-out interfaces (syntax-semantics, syntax-morphology, phonology-morphology, syntax-phonology). Students will critically evaluate current open research question related to inter-modular interactions. Offered topics will include Analogy in the grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax), Markedness in the grammar (morphology, syntax, semantics), and Information structure (syntax, semantics, phonology).

*736 Cognitive Aspects of Thought Manipulation / M. Stroinska
The course offers an in-depth review of linguistic and psychological mechanisms of argumentation and persuasion and thought manipulation used in politics, science and advertising. A historical and sociological perspective helps to appreciate the role of context, in a very broad sense, in the formation and maintenance of beliefs.

*737 The Evolution of Language and Cognition / J. Colarusso
This course will examine the theories of the phylogenetic origin of language and its accompanying cognition, covering the recent works of Bickerton, Jackendoff, Pinker, Hauser, Chomsky, Fitch, Lieberman and Colarusso.

*749 Laboratory Methods of Visual Language Research
The course offers an in-depth hands-on overview of experimental methods used in visual language research, including eye-tracking and chronometric experimentation. Students will be trained on all aspects of planning and conducting a psycholinguistic experiment, from formulating a hypothesis to experiment design and implementation to data collection and analysis. Students will be trained in using the advanced eye-tracking technology.

Additional courses that can be used to fulfill the M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. program requirements:
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

*710: Statistics and research design

*726: Behavioural neuroscience

*729: Physiological psychology

*730: Quantitative methods

*734: Neural network models of cognition and perception

#711 Advanced statistics and computational methods I

#712 Advanced statistics and computational methods II

#713 Special Topics in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour  I

#714 Special Topics in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour II

#715 Special Topics in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour III

#716 Special Topics in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour IV