Instructor: Danko Sipka

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This course elaborates on selected introductory topics in psycholinguistics of Slavic languages. It elaborates on several major psycholinguistic topics using material of Slavic languages (primarily Polish, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian) and emphasizing relevant features of these languages. Each student is required to perform seven different tasks, mostly conducting psycholinguistic expermients.

Links from each of the ten topics will be provided as the course progresses.

Overview, psycholinguistics: research areas, state of the art, psycholinguistics of Slavic languages

Scope of the field

Physiological foundations

Speech Perception and Production

Words and Meanings

Sentence Processing

Text and Discourse


Language Acquisition and Bilingualism

Relevant structural features of Slavic languages


Phonological and prosodic organization

Proximity of Slavic languages

Methodology and techniques (experiment design, variables, etc.)

Scientific Explanation

Methods of Inquiry

Scientific Method

The Steps of Research Process

Experimental Design



Task # 1: Writing Research Plan and Designing Experiments

Task # 2: Replicating an Experiment

Statistics (descriptive and inferential)

Coding Data for Statistical Analysis

Descriptive Statistics (average, mean, standard deviation...)

Inferential Statistics (correlation coefficient, ANOVA...)

Statistical Packages

Interpreting Statistical Data

Task # 3: Coding Experimental Data and Performing Statistical Analysis


The Speech Signal

Perception of Phonetic Segments

Models of Speech Perception

Task # 4: Conducting an Original Phonological Experiment

The mental lexicon

Organization of the Lexicon

Lexical Access

Lexical Networks

Models of Meaning

Lexical Ambiguity

Task # 5: Conducting an Original Lexical Experiment

Sentence processing and beyond

Models of Syntactic Processing

Sentence Parsing

Syntactic Ambiguity

On-line vs. Off-line Processing

Text and Discourse

Task # 6: Conducting an Original Syntactic Experiment

Language Acquisition

Theories of Child Language Acquisition

Emerging Phonology

Emerging Lexicon

Emerging Syntax

Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition


Theories of Second Language Acquisition

Learning Closely Related Languages

Cross-cultural Psycholinguistics

Language, Thought, Culture

Linguistic Anisomorphism

Semantic Differential

Task # 7: Performing an Original Experiment Using Semantic Differential