Ling 412 - Psycholinguistics

Spring 2024: Tues & Thurs 10:30 - 11:45 am, Moore 119

Course description:

This course is a general introduction to psycholinguistics.  It covers areas such as speech perception, word recognition, lexical ambiguity, sentence comprehension, sentence production, and discourse processing.  We'll look at how language behavior illuminates our understanding of the mind and the brain, and how properties of the mind and brain influence human language.  You'll learn something about the nature of language, how it is used, how our language skills develop, and how they can be impaired. 

We'll cover topics like:

Students will conduct a small experiment, in which you will test hypotheses like these:

Prerequisites - One of the following:

Textbook (free through the UH library):

Requirements it meets:

This course is for students interested in:

Associated research and teaching laboratories:

Language Analysis and Experimentation Labs (LAE Labs)


Prof. Amy Schafer
Email: aschafer at hawaii dot edu
Office: Moore 562
Office phone: 956-3226


Praat software
Seeing Speech site
Vocal Folds Revealed
Interactive IPA chart
more IPA charts
Pronunciation of IPA symbols
Vowels and Consonants - online material
Recordings of the same paragraph by multiple speakers, with IPA transcription 
Interactive mid-sagittal section
Mid-sagittal speech videos (USC)
Sivu music video with mid-sagittal speech
Type IPA phonetic symbols

Word recognition, corpora:

Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
Google N-Gram Viewer
British National Corpus
Normed picture stimuli
IRIS database of instruments used in bilingualism research
WordNet (lexical database of English with sense relations)
The Language Goldmine (links to many databases and datasets)
EsPal (Spanish database, includes word frequency)
More lexical decision tests

Image sets:

Normed picture stimuli
IRIS database of instruments used in bilingualism research
Sebastiaan Mathot's list of image sets (and more; some links out of date)

Searching for references: 

GoogleScholar with UH login (for full-text accesss to subscribed journals)
UH Manoa Library (tip: filter by "Peer-reviewed Journals" under "Availability")

Video/presentation resources: 

Unlisted videos on YouTube
Short science briefs (with transcripts)

Style guidelines and writing resources:

American Psychological Association (APA) style (reference examples)
Purdue Online Writing Lab info on APA style
Excelsior Online Writing Lab info on APA style
Manoa Writing Center
Summarizing & Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

Computer and A/V equipment: 

Classroom equipment & equipment pools
Center for Language & Technology
Language Analysis and Experimentation Labs (LAE Labs)
Loanable Technology Devices at Hamilton Library

Other material:

UH FileDrop
UH Student Conduct Code (Academic Honesty Policy)

Beyond this course:

What about more advanced coursework in psycholinguistics?

See course Ling 640Y , or contact Professor Schafer.