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LINGUIST 2PS3 Psycholinguistics

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Catherine Anderson

Email: canders@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 503

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 26241

Website

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 in MDCL 1305 or Fridays 1:00-2:00 in TSH-624



Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the elements of the principal theories of language comprehension
  • evaluate the key research findings that inform these theories
  • consider methods for asking research questions about language comprehension
  • interpret experimental data to answer research questions about language comprehension
  • communicate scientific findings to a variety of audiences 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Sedivy, Julie. (2014). Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. Sinauer Associates
ISBN 978-0-87893-598-7

(This textbook is available at the Campus Store, is on reserve at Mills, or may be rented for the semester from the publisher. See Avenue for details. This textbook is also used for Ling 3C03 Child Language Acquisition.) 

It is also recommended that each student purchase 2-4 white-board markers to bring to class.


Method of Assessment:

This class takes place in the Active Learning Classroom and involves many team-based, active-learning exercises and projects. Regular attendance is vital for teams to function well. 

Three team assignments 9% each for a total of 27%

Each team assignment takes place in class across two days. The first day, students complete a preparation quiz individually, then the same quiz in their teams. Your quiz score is based on a combination of the individual + team quiz scores. Beginning of the first day and concluding on the second day, teams work together to solve a problem and submit a short report of their solution. Assignments are submitted on Avenue.

Team assignments take place in Week 3 (Jan 19 & 20), Week 5 (Feb 2 & 3), and Week 9 (March 9 & 10)

One class notes assignment 3% You will be assigned one day of class where you, along with 1 or 2 other students, will be responsible for taking the day's notes, compiling them, and providing them to the rest of the class.  See Avenue for details.
One individual test 20% A 45-minute test written in class on Thursday Feb 16
One team project 20% The team works together to create a short (5-8 minute) audio or video presentation that teaches a topic in psycholinguistics to the rest of the class.  Team topics are assigned in Week 8 and audios/videos are presented to the class in Week 12.
Individual final exam 30% A 2.5-hour final exam scheduled by the Registrar. The final exam includes material from the whole semester. You have the option to reduce the weight of the final exam to either 28% or 26% by participating in experiments for credit.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Team Assignments: If you are absent on the days of a team assignment and you submit an MSAF or other approved document (via the office of the Dean of your faculty), the assignment is excused and its weight is redistributed across the other components of the course. Without an MSAF or a note from your Dean's office, you earn 0 for that team assignment. 

Tests: If you submit an MSAF or other approved document (via the office of the Dean of your faculty) for the midterm test, you have the option of writing an alternate test scheduled by the instructor, or of adding the 20% weight of the test to the final exam.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Integrity

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at https://secretariat.mcmaster.ca/university-policies-procedures-guidelines/

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • improper collaboration in group work.
  • copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Authenticity / Plagiarism Detection

Some courses may use a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal authenticity and ownership of student submitted work. For courses using such software, students will be expected to submit their work electronically either directly to Turnitin.com or via Avenue to Learn (A2L) plagiarism detection (a service supported by Turnitin.com) so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.

Students who do not wish to submit their work through A2L and/or Turnitin.com must still submit an electronic and/or hardcopy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com or A2L. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, other software, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.

Courses with an On-Line Element

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Online Proctoring

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It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students' access to these platforms.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or sas@mcmaster.ca e-mail to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar "Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work".

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students should submit their request to their Faculty Office normally within 10 working days of the beginning of term in which they anticipate a need for accommodation or to the Registrar's Office prior to their examinations. Students should also contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and tests.

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The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

Extreme Circumstances

The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.


Topics and Readings:

These dates are an estimate. Any changes that arise will be announced in class.

Week 1: Intro & Background

Weeks 2-4: The Nature of Speech, Modularity in Speech Perception -- Section 4.3

Weeks 5-7: The Role of Experience in Speech Perception -- Sections 7.3 & 7.4

Weeks 8-9: Auditory & Visual Word Recognition -- Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.5

Weeks 10-12: Sentence Processing & Other Topics -- Chapter 8


Other Course Information:

In this course we will be using Avenue2Learn. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.