Irina A. Sekerina: Research Methods in Psycholinguistics

1 Class 1 (24 August): Introduction

1. Research process: Basic concepts (hypothesis, variables, measurement, participants, items,
design, data collection, statistical analysis)

2. Linguistics and psycholingusitics (competence vs. performance)

  •  phonetics and phonology vs. speech production and speech perception
  •  morphology vs. psychomorphology
  •  lexicon vs. mental lexicon
  •  syntax vs. sentence processing (=parsing)
  •  semantics; discourse and pragmatics; interfaces

3. Types of methods in psycholinguistics

  •  Offline: questionnaires; grammaticality and preference judgments task; act-out; sentence-picture veri cation
  •  Online: priming; self-paced reading; eye-tracking; event-related brain potentials (ERP); fMRI; MEG

4. Topics and themes in psycholinguistics

2 Class 2 (24 August): Offline Methods

1. Pros and cons of offline methods in psycholinguistics

2. Questionnaires:

  •  Demographc and language background questionnaires
  •  Grammaticality judgments
  •  Preference judgments

3. Act-out

4. Sentence-picture veri cation

3 Class 3 (25 August): Online Methods

1. Cross-modal priming

2. Self-paced reading

3. Eye-tracking

  •  Eye movements in reading
  •  Eye movements in spoken language comprehension (the Visual World Paradigm)

4. Event-related brain potentials (ERP)

5. Neuroimaging

  •  fMRI
  •  MEG

4 Class 4 (26 August): Software and Resources for Psycholinguistic Experiments

1. Chronometry programs:

  •  ePrime
  •  Linger
  •  SuperLab
  •  DMDX

2. Google tools (Google forms)

3. Web-based interfaces:

  •  Amazon Mechanical Turk
  •  Survey Monkey

4. Repositories of free materials on the Internet

  •  Images and pictures databases
  •  Assessment materials

5 Class 5 (27 August): Experimental Psycholinguistics of Special Populations

1. Bilinguals, L2 learners, and heritage speakers

2. Children

3. Aphasic patients and older adults

 

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