Linguistic learning theories (2014/2015)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S02586
Name of lecturer
Chiara Melloni
Coordinator
Chiara Melloni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/02 - EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
English
Period
Semestrino IIA, Semestrino IIB

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Wednesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  
Semestrino IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Wednesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed to get the students acquainted with some basic topics in first language acquisition and second language learning. The students will be introduced to the phenomenon of early bilingualism, compared with L2 learning in adult age, and to the acquisition of language by linguistically impaired children (in particular, Specific Language Impairment and Developmental Dyslexia).
The course will be held in ENGLISH.

Syllabus

Prior course/prerequisite: none.

Contents:
This course in organized in two parts, dealing with different topics and having a different practical organization (see the COURSE NEWS). The first part introduces the phenomenon of first language acquisition by monolingual children. The course will cover specific aspects of language acquisition (phonology, morpho-syntax, lexicon) in normal and linguistically impaired children, from the first steps of newborns to six/seven years of age.
The second part focuses on early bilingualism and on the process of learning a second language in adult age. These lectures (20 c.h.) will be held by a guest teacher, Professor Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh, (http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/~antonell/), who is the founder and director of the information centre BILINGUALISM MATTERS.


Main references:

Guasti, Maria Teresa (2002/2004). Language Acquisition, The Growth of Grammar. Cambridge (MA), The Mit Press. (chapters 1-6 and 11)

Gass, S. & Selinker, L. (2008). Second language acquisition: An introductory course. New York: Taylor and Francis. (chapters 1-8).

Further readings will be indicated to the students during the course.
Non-attending students can find a detailed program on the e-learning page linked to this course.

Assessment methods and criteria

written and oral examination

Studying