Summer 2020 - LING 415 D100

Neurolinguistics (3)

Class Number: 1560

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    12 units of upper division linguistic courses.



Explores language as a system of the human brain, including specific topics such as the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language; language production, perception and processing; bilingualism, language learning and brain plasticity; and aphasia, dyslexia, deafness and sign languages.


This course examines language as a system of the human brain. Students will master basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language-related systems in the brain in the first weeks of the course, and also study cognitive neuroscience methods used to study the brain. In subsequent weeks, research studies are surveyed with the broader goal of understanding how the brain processes language. Examples applications for this knowledge are also discussed, including how the brain develops in infancy, how language faculties recovers from brain damage (aphasia), how the brain ‘reads’ orthographic systems, and how neuroscientific design principles could be used to create tools that extract and interpret phonological, semantic, and syntactic information from brain activation.


  • Participation & Research Engagement 4%
  • Written Responses & Class Presentation 14%
  • Quizzes 28%
  • Exams 38%
  • Final Written Project (2% group) 16%
  • No Final Exam


It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

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Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
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Required readings will be available for download from the course website.


Banich, M.T. and Mack, M. (2003). Mind, Brain, and Language: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc. Inc.  ISBN: 0805833285 (Paperback).

Stemmer, B. and Whitaker, H.A. (2010). Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language. Academic Press. ISBN-10: 008045352X

Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.