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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043222, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 VESPIGNANI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
LOTTO LORELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of cognitive psychology and experimental psychology methods is wellcome.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to introduce students to psychology of language. The course will be mainly devoted to the study of normal processes that allow for language comprehension and production in both written and oral modalities. The processes will be detailed for the different levels of analysis of the utterance: from phoneme to words and sentences. Aside from empirical evidences and models at the psychological level, the course will give basic knowledge of linguistic concepts that are necessary to describe the discrete units that compose a message. Aspects of language acquisition and use of language by special populations (deaf, bilinguals, aphasics) will be also presented.

A large space will be given to the description of the empirical methodologies and of the main theoretical models.
Examination methods: Attending students: The exam consists of a written pen and pencil test made of 40 multiple choice questions to be completed within 60 minutes. Incorrect responses do not result in subtraction of points.

Non-attending students. The exam consists of a written pen and pencil test, consisting of 8 open questions, to be completed within 60 minutes.
Assessment criteria: The assessment will be based on the understanding of the topics presented during the lessons and considering the provided material. Author names or publication dates are not relevant (except when an author's name defines a particular model, such as Morton's Model). It is important to know the models, how they depend on the data and how they explain the data. It is important therefore to know the models and that is their architecture and the mechanisms that allow to implement a specific function. It is also important to know the specific methodologies.
Course unit contents: Elements of phonetics and phonology. Elements of morphology and syntax. Lexical access: visual word recognition, speech recognition, word production. Sentence comprehension. Language acquisition. Language pathology. Bilingualism.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In class lessons, readings of original papers and seminars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: If you attend to the in class lessons, the material will be entirely provided during the course. If you do not attend to the lessons, you'll have to study two books (see "Testi di riferimento").

Further reference manual:
Cacciari, C., La psicologia del linguaggio. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Voghera, Miriam; Laudanna, Alessandro, Il inguaggio strutture linguistiche e processi cognitivi. Roma: Bari, GLF editori Laterza, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Guasti Teresa, L'acquisizione del Linguaggio. Milano: Cortina, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)