Psychology of Language Page
Professor Will Langston


News/Notes Week of 11/20/17
  • Language origins
Exam 1 study guide/Exam 1
Exam 2 study guide/Exam 2
Final Study Guide

A note about dois (digital object identifiers): dois link directly to articles. You can click the doi links on this page to go to a downloadable copy of the articles. However, you need to be on a computer in MTSU's domain to take advantage of the library's subscription to the journals. If you click dois at home, you will probably be asked to pay for each article. Sometimes the doi will not link to the library's subscription automatically. In those cases, search for the article in PsycInfo and you can get it there.

Syllabus
Course Notes
Praat Praat will allow you to play with phonology on your computer.

You can download Praat from here.

To do the examples in notes 4 (I'm using the Mac version):
  • Click on the Praat objects window and choose new.
  • Choose "Record mono sound..."
  • Click record and say the syllable(s) (e.g., /di/ and /du/)
  • Click "Save to list"
  • Click the sound and click "Edit"
  • You will see the spectrogram.
Praat does a lot more than this.  You might be interested in playing around with it.
Links Speech related links:
Fonts:
Syntax:
Places to go:
Words:
Resources
Reaction Papers Reaction papers should be one typed, double-spaced page. You should cite sources and include references as relevant, references will not count in your page total. All papers should be submitted electronically. Please title your paper "LastnameWRR#.doc" For example, my second paper would be "LangstonWRR2.doc" I can only email graded papers to MTSU email addresses, so please submit from your MTSU email addresss.

What will get me excited about a reaction paper: 
  • React based on something else you've learned in the class ("when we discussed language, you said...but this article said..." or "here's another example of..."). Bring things together in a new and interesting way.
  • React based on something you know about another part of psychology that relates to psychology of langauge.
  • How does this idea lead to new research questions?
  • Make me say "this person is insane, but that's a really cool idea." Explore absurd places to take the research.
What won't get me excited about a reaction paper: 
  • "This article was really easy/hard to read/understand."
  • A personal anecdote; overturning data with an anecdote
  • "There were only five participants in the study which seems like too few." I don't want a showboating critique, talk to me about ideas.
  • Two pages of summary followed by "I really liked this article."
  • A "reflection." In fact, calling it a reflection report will piss me off.
Remember:  If you choose an article that I decide to incorporate in the class notes in the future, I will give you extra points (at least two, maybe more if it's really good). 

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