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Schedule

Tue, Aug 26
INTRO
Topics: Syllabus, overview, ``What makes for a good discussion?'', demonstration of models of language
Background Reading:

O'Reilly, R. C., & Munakata, Y. (2000). Computational explorations in cognitive neuroscience: Understanding the mind by simulating the brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. chapter 10, pp. 323-378.

PART I: GENERAL ISSUES

Thu, Aug 28
WHAT IS IT FOR? LANGUAGE & THOUGHT
Readings:

Gentner, D., & Goldin-Medow, S. (2003). Wither whorf. In D. Gentner, & S. Goldin-Medow (Eds.), Language in mind: Advances in the study of language and thought. (pp. 3-14). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Li, P., & Gleitman, L. (2002). Turning the tables: Language and spatial reasoning. Cognition, 83, 265-294.

Boroditsky, L. (2001). Does language shape thought?: Mandarin and english speakers conceptions of time. Cognitive Psychology, 43, 1-22.

Background:

Boroditsky, L. (2003). Linguistic relativity. In Encyclopedia of cognitive science. London: MacMillan Press.

Tue, Sept 2
WHAT IS IT? PHONOLOGY, SYNTAX, AND SEMANTICS
Readings:

Syntax: FromkinRodman93, Ch 3

Phonetics & Phonology: FromkinRodman93, Ch 5-6

Fromkin, V., & Rodman, R. (1993). An introduction to language, 5th ed. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.

Thu, Sept 4
HOW MIGHT IT WORK? REGULARITIES AND REALITY
Readings:

Marslen-Wilson, W. D., & Tyler, L. K. (1998). Rules, representations, and the English past tense. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2, 428-435.

Pinker, S., & Ullman, M. T. (2002a). The past and future of the past tense. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 456-463.

Pinker, S., & Ullman, M. (2002b). Combination and structure, not gradedness, is the issue. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 472-474.

McClelland, J. L., & Patterson, K. (2002a). `words or rules` cannot exploit the regularity in exceptions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 464-465.

McClelland, J. L., & Patterson, K. (2002b). Rules or connections in past-tense inflections: what does the evidence rule out? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 465-472.

MarslenWilson, W. D., & Tyler, L. K. (2003). Capturing underlying differentiation in the human language system. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 62-63.

McClelland, J. L., & Patterson, K. (2003). Differentiation and integration in human language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 63-64.

Background:

Bird, H., Ralph, M. A. L., Seidenberg, M. S., McClelland, J. L., & Patterson, K. (2003). Deficits in phonology and past-tense morphology: What's the connection? Journal of Memory and Language, 48, 502-526.

Tue, Sept 9
HOW MIGHT IT WORK? SEMANTICS
Readings:

Landauer, T. K., & Dumais, S. T. (1997). A solution to Plato's problem: The latent semantic analysis theory of acquisition, induction, and representation of knowledge. Psychological Review, 104, 211-240.

Barsalou, L. W., KyleSimmons, W., Barbey, A. K., & Wilson, C. D. (2003). Grounding conceptual knowledge in modality-specific systems. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 84-91.

Thu, Sept 11
WHAT NEURAL SYSTEMS ARE INVOLVED? I
Readings:

Martin, R. C. (2003). Language processing: Functional organization and neuroanatomical basis. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 55-90.

Tue, Sept 16
WHAT NEURAL SYSTEMS ARE INVOLVED? II
Readings:

Gernsbacher, M. A., & Kaschak, M. P. (2003). Neuroimaging studies of language production and comprehension. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 91-114.

Kutas, M., Federmeier, K. D., Coulson, S., King, J. W., & Munte, T. F. (2000). Language. In J. T. Cacioppo, L. G. Tassinary, & G. G. Bernston (Eds.), Handbook of psychophysiology (pp. 576-601). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thu, Sept 18
WHAT NEURAL SYSTEMS ARE INVOLVED? III
Readings:

Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2003). Neuroimaging studies of semantic memory: Inferring "how" from "where". Neuropsychologia, 41, 280-292.

Fisher, S. E., Lai, Cecilia, S. L., & Monaco, A. P. (2003). Deciphering the genetic basis of speech and langauge disorders. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 26, 57-80.

PART II: SPECIFIC DOMAINS

Tue, Sept 23
SPEECH PERCEPTION
Readings:

Fitch, R. H., Miller, S., & Tallal, P. (1997). Neurobiology of speech perception. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 20, 331-353.

Scott, S. K., & Johnsrude, I. S. (2003). The neuroanatomical and functional organization of speech perception. Trends in Neurosciences, 26, 100-107.

Thu, Sept 25
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Readings:

Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hollich, G. (1999). Trends and transitions in language development: Looking for the missing piece. Developmental Neuropsychology, 16, 139-162.

Saffran, J. R. (2003). Statistical language learning: Mechanisms and constraints. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 110-114.

Bloom, P., & Markson, L. (1998). Capacities underlying word learning. Trends in Cognitive Science, 2, 67-73.

Background:

Smith, L. B., Jones, S. S., Yoshida, H., & Colunga, E. (2003). Whose dam account? attentional learning explains booth and waxman. Cognition, 87, 209-213.

Booth, A. E., & Waxman, S. R. (2003). Bringing theories of word learning in line with the evidence. Cognition, 87, 215-218.

Tue, Sept 30
READING
Readings:

Starr, M. S., & Rayner, K. (2001). Eye movements during reading: Somme current controversies. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 156-163.

McCandliss, B. D., Cohen, L., & Dehaene, S. (2003). The visual word form area: expertise for reading in the fusiform gyrus. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 293-299.

Background:

Harm, M. W., & Seidenberg, M. S. (1999). Phonology, reading acquisition, and dyslexia: Insights from connectionist models. Psychological Review, 106, 491-528.

Thu, Oct 2
No Class: Fall Break!

Tue, Oct 7
COMPREHENSION AND DISCOURSE PROCESSING
Readings:

Ferreira, F., Bailey, K. G. D., & Ferraro, V. (2002). Good-enough representations in language comprehension. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 11-15.

Tanenhaus, M. K., Magnuson, J. S., Dahan, D., & Chambers, C. G. (2000). Eye movements and lexical access in spoken language comprehension: Evaluating a linking hypothesis between fixations and linguistic processing. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 29, 557-580.

Background:

MacDonald, M. C., Pearlmutter, N. J., & Seidenberg, M. S. (1994). The lexical nature of syntactic ambiguity resolution. Psychological Review, 101(4), 676-703.

Kintsch, W. (1988). The role of knowledge in discourse comprehension: A construction-integration model. Psychological Review, 95, 163-182.

Thu, Oct 9
CROSS-LINGUISTIC STUDIES AND BILINGUALISM
Readings:

Bates, E., Devescovi, A., & Wulfeck, B. (2001). Psycholinguistics: A cross-language perspective. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 52, 369-396.

Kim, K. H. S., Relkin, N. R., Lee, K., & Hirsch, J. (1997). Distinct cortical areas associated with native and second languages. Nature, 388, 171-174.

Tue, Oct 14
SUPPORTING SYSTEMS: GESTURE, RIGHT HEMISPHERE
Readings:

Rizzolatti, G., & Arbib, M. A. (1998). Language within our grasp. Trends in Neurosciences, 21, 188-194.

Faust, M., & Chiarello, C. (1998). Sentence context and lexical ambiguity resolution by the two hemispheres. Neuropsychologia, 36(9), 827-835.

Thu, Oct 16
THE BIGGER PICTURE: EVOLUTION AND OTHER ``LANGUAGES''
Readings:

Jackendoff, R. (1999). Possible stages in the evolution of the langauge capacity. Trends in Cognitive Science, 3, 272-279.

Maess, B., Koelsch, S., Gunter, T. C., & Friederici, A. D. (2001). Musical syntax is processed in Broca's area: An MEG study. Nature Neuroscience, 4, 540-545.


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