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Die Psychologie der Sprache


Admission requirements

BA German Language and Linguistics or equivalent skills (C1 German).


What happens in our minds when we talk, listen, read or write? How are words and grammar stored in the mind and how are they accessed? Why is language learning for adults everything but child’s play? What parts of the brain are specialized for language? And what happens when they come to harm?
These and similar questions are addressed in this seminar. Materials are a textbook (for everybody) and primary experimental literature (for the MA students). A special part of the seminar is devoted to experimental methods, including a visit to the Leiden Babylab.

Course objectives

The students possess

  • A global understanding of psycholinguistic problems, methods and models

  • Global insights in the processes of language acquisition, language production and processing and the structure of the mental lexicon

  • The ability to apply the acquired terminology and manner of argumentation in oral and written reflection on the mental representation and processing of language

  • The ability to demonstrate the acquired knowledge and insights in oral and written form on an adequate level of German (in accordance with the OER).


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours.

  • Attending lectures: 26 hrs

  • Preparation for lectures and reading: 5 hrs/class = 65 hrs

  • Preparation of oral presentation: 20 hrs

  • Abstract (brief written version of the presentation): 29 hrs

  • Written essay: 140 hrs

Assessment method


  • Active participation in class

  • Oral presentation

  • Abstract (brief written version of oral presentation, 1000 words)

  • Essay (7000 words)


  • Active participation in class: 15%

  • Oral presentation: 20%

  • Abstract: 15%

  • Essay: 50%

  • The essay needs to be sufficient.


Resit is offered for the essay only.

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If requested by the student, an exam review will be offered within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used for

  • communication and news

  • course material

Reading list

Höhle, Barbara (ed.) 2014. Psycholinguistik. 2. Auflage. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
Additional reading material will be distributed in class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the coordinator of studies.

General information about uSis is available in English.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Jenny Audring

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof