An undergraduate degree in Linguistics provides opportunities to study the formal, functional and systemic nature of language and languages as both social and cognitive phenomena. Although a discipline in its own right, Linguistics has cognate relationships with a wide array of disciplines, suggested by the interdisciplinary nature of many of the courses in the program. Faculty members from Anthropology, English, French, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and other disciplines participate.
LING 3350.2 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Linguistics: Clinical Linguistics
Most of us take our linguistic processing and communication abilities for granted. We rarely struggle to articulate words or put sentences together. We may occasionally forget names or have to search for less common words but we have no difficulties with word finding for everyday things and events. We know without apparent thinking how to verbally negotiate interactionally complex situations and what we say may or may not be brilliant but is usually coherent. We understand for the most part what others say to us. Clinical linguistics explores what happens to our language and discourse when our linguistic processing or communication abilities don't work or don't work in expected ways because of developmental, affective, or neurodegenerative disorders or brain diseases or injuries. In this course, we investigate the use of linguistics as an adjunct for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment in clinical contexts and as a research field. We will read about the uses of linguistics for analyzing the speech and discourse of people diagnosed with language, discourse, or communication impairments and how such analyses can be systematically related to neurocognitive (dys-) function(s). We will also look at practical and theoretical aspects of research designs involving linguistics, neuroimaging and neuropsychological evaluations, and possibilities for supporting the work of clinicians in developing interventions, diagnostic and monitoring tools. The course is relevant for linguistics and psychology students interested in language and its disorders.
When: Winter term 2017
Time: MW 1:00-2:15
Where: McNally East Wing 111
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