LING 304 / 504

Neurolinguistics

Fall 2021 Syllabus

Wed 3:30-6:00pm WLNT 300C (seminar room)


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Instructor

Dr. Kathryn Schuler - you can call me Katie

Overview

Description

Neurolinguistics is a seminar on language and the brain. For the first few weeks, you will build a foundation of knowledge, first on how brains work (neurons, networks, and anatomy) and later on the methods researchers use to study language in the brain. The remainder of the course will explore the literature on different topics in language and the brain, including various levels of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax), acquisition, evolution, signed languages, and more.

This course is open to all graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. No specific background in neuroscience or linguistics is necessary to participate in the course

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Wk Lecture Readings & Resources
1 Sep 01: Welcome & Overview von Melchner, Pallas, & Sur 2000

first day of Penn classes (31)
2 Sep 08: CNS, Neurons & Methods Brain & Behavior
Organization of the CNS
Language and the Brain

Notes on the CNS
Notes on Neurons
Video overview of CNS
Virtual anatomy lab
3 Sep 15: Networks Catani, Jones, & Ffytche 2005- Wenting, Amanda, Abigail
Fedorenko & Thompson-Schill 2014 - June, Xiao, Mikaal
Friederici & Gierhan 2013 - optional background

course selection period ends (14)
Topic & Reading List - due Fri
4 Sep 22: Perspective Krakauer et al. 2017 - Elizabeth G, Jorke, Cynthia
Embick & Poeppel 2015 - Ava, Elizabeth V, Rebecca
5 Sep 29: Sounds & Phonemes Scott et al 2000 - May & Aini
Nishimura et al 1999 - Xin & Abigail

Annotated Bib due Fri
6 Oct 06: Words Davis & Gaskell 2009 - Aini, Sophie, & Namrita
Quiroga et al. 2005 - Amanda, June, & Jorke
7 Oct 13: Syntax I Fitch & Martins 2014 - Daoxin, Elizabeth G, Xin
Kaan & Swaab 2002 - Cynthia & Abigail

drop period ends (11)
fall break (14 - 17)

Full Outline due Fri
8 Oct 20: Syntax II Ding et al. 2016 - June, Namrita, & May
Makuuchi et al 2009 - Sophie & Abigail
9 Oct 27: Semantics Lau et al. 2008 - June, Aini & Xin
Friedrich & Friederici 2005 - Ava, Daoxin & Jorke

grade types change deadline (29)
Full Outline PR due Fri
10 Nov 03: Acquisition Perani et al. 2011 - Wenting, Elizabeth G. & Sophie
Lenneberg 1969 - Daoxin, Cynthia & Elizabeth V

advanced registration begins (1)
11 Nov 10: Sign Language Mayberry et al. 2011 - Rebecca, Amanda & Elizabeth G
Petitto et al. 2000 - Namrita, Elizabeth V. & Ava

last day to withdraw (8)
First Draft due Fri
12 Nov 17: Bilingualism Weber-Fox & Neville 1996 - Wenting, Elizabeth V. & Rebecca
13 Nov 24: Friday classes, no class! R & F classes on T & W
thanksgiving break (25-28)

First Draft PR due Wed
14 Dec 01: Evolution Wilson et al 2017 - Xin, Sophie & Rebecca
Rilling et al 2008 - Aini, Ava & Namrita
15 Dec 08: Cerebellum Marien et al. 2014 - Wenting & Daoxin
Lesage et al. 2012 - May & Jorke

last day of classes (10)
Final Draft with Responses due Fri
16 Dec 15: Finals week, no class!  

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Grading Scale

The table below shows the minimum score before rounding for letter grades. Grading in this course is not on a curve: there is room for everyone to do well!

A+ 97 A 93% A- 90% B+ 87% B 84% B- 80%
C+ 77% C 74% C- 70% D+ 67% D 64% D- 61%