Languages in the Mind

  • Course code: UPNQ9Q-30-3
  • Credit number: 30
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Course description: This module will introduce the students to bilingualism and links it to (a) cognitive organisation and language processing as well as (b) acquisition aspects of language study. In this module the students will examine: (1) if/how bilingual speakers’ minds differ from monolingual speaker’s minds; (2) how more than one language is learned over an individual’s lifetime (childhood vs. adolescence vs. adulthood); (3) what the typical characteristics are of a bilingual speakers’ language; and (4) how speaking a given language or languages affects the way you perceive the world and the way you process linguistic and non-linguistic information. As an example, are speakers of some languages better at remembering details from photos because of the characteristics of the language(s) they speak?