Kim Plunkett is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Oxford, and is Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Director of the University of Oxford BabyLab.

Language Acquisition

Lecturers: Professor Kim Plunkett and Dr Janette Chow

Synopsis:This course is designed to offer a detailed overview of early language acquisition, with a focus on early speech perception and production, lexical development, infant bilingualism, the impact of sleep on language development and the impact of language on cognitive development. It will examine some of the fundamental questions that have made this area of enquiry a central topic in cognitive science:

  • What relevant skills does the infant bring to the language learning situation?
  • What is the innate endowment that enables the infant to acquire language in such a rapid and error-free manner?
  • To what extent is language acquired by a general learning system as opposed to a pre-wired specialised acquisition device?
  • Is the mental representation of language best characterised in terms of a set of rules operating on a set of symbols?
  • How does the process of language acquisition interact with developing cognitive and social competences?

An important feature of this course will be its inter-disciplinary and multi-methodological approach to the subject matter. Participants will be encouraged to develop a familiarity with cognitive, computational and linguistic perspectives on language acquisition.

Recommended Part 1 course: Language & Cognition and/or Developmental Psychology

Timetable for Trinity Term 2019
Week Date Topic Lecturer
1. 2nd May The Whorfian Infant Kim Plunkett
2. 6th May The Whorfian Infant Seminar
3. 13th May Phono-lexical Development Janette Chow
4. 20th May Phono-lexical Development Seminar
5. 27th May Words and the Visual World Janette Chow
6. 3rd June Words and the Visual World Seminar
7. 10th June Semantic Networks Kim Plunkett
8. 17th June Semantic Networks Seminar

Lectures and seminars will be held on Mondays at 11am in the Hinton Seminar Room at Worcester College. Reading lists for the tutorials and seminars are posted here.


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