Second Language Acquisition III a (G30)



【履修条件・注意事項】Requirements for registration

It is expected that students have a background in linguistics and/or a related discipline in cognitive science.


【資料】Materials (in the order they were introduced)


【本授業の目的およびねらい】Objectives of this course                                                   

This course broadly covers various topics in bilingual psycholinguistic research and provides students with an opportunity to understand second language competence/performance from multiple psycholinguistic perspectives. Issues covered in this course include how bilinguals’ two languages are stored and utilized in their mind/brain and how two languages function with relation to other cognitive processes. By finding, reading, and summarizing primary sources, students will be able to develop their research skills, reading skills, and organizational skills. Furthermore, through in-class discussions with peers, students will be able to master how to read academic articles critically and how to turn a question into a new original research.


【授業内容】 Class contents                                                                

In this course, students study various aspects of bilingual language processing.

1. Course introduction (October 15)

2. Bilingualism: A short introduction (October 29)

   * Lecture cancelled (November 5)

3. Reading (November 12)

4. Reading (November 19)

5. Speech perception and comprehension (November 26) * Writing is no longer covered

6. Production (November 28)

7. Production (November 28)

8. Simultaneous language acquisition (November 29)

9. Successive language acquisition (December 3)

10. Bilingual memory (December 10)

11. Bilingual memory (December 17)

12. Cognitive effect (January 8)

13. Cognitive effect (January 8)

14. Neurolinguistic and neurocomputational models (January 21)

15. Course review, final exam (January 29 or later)


The language of instruction is English. The above course plan is tentative and subject to revision during the semester, depending on students’ progress and, to an extent, topics of your interest.


【自宅学習】 Preparation for the lectures

Please (1) read assigned articles, (2) make a summary of the articles, and (3) prepare for a discussion prior to each class.


【成績評価の方法】 Evaluation System                                                          

In-class participation (30%), article summary (5% * 6 = 30%), final exam (40%)


【教科書】 Textbook

Grosjean, F., & Li, P. (2013). The psycholinguistics of bilingualism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.


【オフィスアワー】Office hour

Office hour: Friday noon (12:00 - 13:00)(please feel free to email me anytime)

Office: 文系総合館 711号室

Email: kojimiwa@nagoya-u.jp

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