Fall 2019 - LING 480 D100

Topics in Linguistics I (3)

Human Sentence Processing

Class Number: 5879

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5020, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5025, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Dr. Margaret Grant
  • Prerequisites:

    Requirements will vary according to the topic offered.



Investigation of a selected area of linguistic research. This course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different.


Human sentence processing is a subfield of psycholinguistics concerned with how the human mind assigns structure to and interprets incoming linguistic input. In this course, we will read and discuss scientific articles from the field to learn about the cognitive mechanisms involved in comprehending language. Our discussion will be grounded in linguistic theory, making a knowledge of basic syntactic theory essential to success in the course. Students will be required to participate in discussions and present one of the required readings. There will be a small number of written assignments throughout the term as well as a final written project.


  • Participation in on-line discussions 10%
  • Class presentation 20%
  • Written assignments 25%
  • Final paper proposal 10%
  • Final paper 35%


PREREQUISITES ARE: LING 322 and 6 Upper Division LING units

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



Weekly readings will be accessible via SFU library or on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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