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LINGUIST 2PS3 PSYCHOLINGUISTICS

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. Catherine Anderson

Email: canders@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 503

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 26241

Website

Office Hours: Wednesday, 6:00-6:45



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:

  • Fernandez, E.M. & Smith Cairns, H. (2010) Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • iClicker response device


Method of Assessment:

Active participation in class using iClicker 10% If you click a response to 80% of clicker questions you receive 10/10.  If you respond to fewer than 80% of clicker questions your clicker score is pro-rated accordingly.
Five scientific writing assignments 20% Due approximately biweekly throughout the semester. Your total is calculated from your best four of five assignments.
Science Communication Project 20% due November 27
Midterm Test 20% A 90-minute test written in class October 30.
Final Exam 30% Scheduled by the Registrar during the Final Exam Period. The final exam includes material from the entire semester.

 

There are also two ways to earn bonus points in Ling 2PS3.

  • You have the option to participate in linguistics experiments for credit.  One hour's participation earns 2% and two hours' participation earns 4%.  Experiment points are added to the Assignment portion of your grade, up to a maximum of 20%.  Experiment participation points are not applied to any other portion of the course grade.

  • You have the option to create a Learning Portfolio that includes some of your work (whatever pieces you choose) from Ling 2PS3.  Creating a Learning Portfolio including work from Ling 2PS3 earns a straight 2% on your total course grade.  To redeem this 2%, share your Learning Portfolio with Dr. Anderson and both TAs by the last day of classes.  


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Assignments:  Assignments submitted within two working days of the due date are penalized 25% of the value of the assignment.  Assignments submitted within five working days of the due date are penalized 50%.  Assignments are not accepted more than one week after the due date.  Scientific Writing Assignments that are submitted late are not eligible for resubmission.

Excused Assignments:  Assignments for which the instructor receives an MSAF or other medical document (via the office of the Dean of your Faculty) are excused and are not included in the final grade calculation.

Excused Tests: Tests for which the instructor receives an MSAF or other medical document (via the office of the Dean of your Faculty) have their value added to the value of the final exam.

 

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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.

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.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

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. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Week Topic Reading
Week 1
11 September

Introduction & Basics

 

Week 2
18 September

Thinking Scientifically in Linguistics

Chapter 3

Week 3
25 September

The Nature of Speech
Challenges for Speech Perception
Beginning of Chapter 6
Weeks 4 & 5
2 & 9 October
Modularity in Speech Perception  
Weeks 6 & 7
16 & 23 October
The Role of Language Experience in Speech Perception  
Weeks 8 & 9
30 October & 6 November
Word Recognition

Second half of Chapter 6

Weeks 10-12
13, 20 & 27 November
Sentence Processing Chapter 7
Week 13
4 December
Catching up and Review  


Other Course Information:

In this course we will be using Avenue. 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