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[Xmca-l] Re: Psychology of Language



Its not entirely clear from the contents, but it looks like the author is
reinforcing notions of language as wordiness ("Attempts to teach language
to non-humans").  I would start by debunking that.

Best,
Huw




On 24 April 2014 22:16, Martin John Packer <mpacker@uniandes.edu.co> wrote:

> Huw,
>
> If you click on the link I included in an earlier message you can see the
> contents of this typical undergraduate text. Here it is again:
>
> <http://www.amazon.com/The-Psychology-Language-Paul-Whitney/dp/0395757509>
>
> And here are the sections and chapter titles. Let me say that I am by no
> means a great fan of these themes, but there are some limits to the
> innovations that one can introduce at the undergraduate level, sadly. A
> text that adopted a sociocultural perspective on psychology and language
> would provide legitimacy to a course that was a bit less traditional, if
> you know what I mean!
>
> Language and its functions
>         The nature of language
>         What language users must know
>         Language in relation to other cognitive processes
>         Theories of the language-thought relationship
> Models of language processing
>         The recognition of spoken words
>         Visual word recognition
>         Sentence processing
>         Understanding and remembering discourse
>         Language production and conversation
> Language and the brain
>         Language acquisition: Biological foundations
>         Language acquisition in special circumstances
>         Language and the localization of function
> Conclusions
>
>
> On Apr 24, 2014, at 11:58 AM, Huw Lloyd <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I am puzzled and curious about what constitutes an undergraduate text
> for a
> > rich, involving and open-ended subject.
> >
> > Are you starting from the subject first, and then working out how to
> > deliver it in bite size examinable chunks (if these constraints apply),
> and
> > how are you (considering) dealing with the open-endedness of the
> topics...?
> >
> > Is the major issue about accessibility of content?  What about compliance
> > with other concepts and procedures in the course...?
> >
> > How about taking one interesting text and critiquing it (in a structured
> > way)?  E.g. how blind-deaf people learn to language (Meshcheryakov), or
> > changes in language due to culture (Luria), or more about language itself
> > and its cultural aspects.
> >
> > Perhaps the text, itself, would benefit from being quite small so
> students
> > can go and look up the references.  1st (or 2nd) hand  material is a good
> > choice!
> >
> > Hope this helps...
> > Huw
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 24 April 2014 15:46, Martin John Packer <mpacker@uniandes.edu.co>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Laure,
> >>
> >> In general I'm also in favor of dispersed readings. In addition, in my
> >> course in child development I've been writing the textbook that I need!
>  It
> >> is (currently) titled "A Cultural Psychology of Children’s Development."
> >> But this is a new course that I need to get up and running quickly, so I
> >> think I need to start with an existing text. If one exists!
> >>
> >> Martin
> >>
> >> On Apr 24, 2014, at 8:42 AM, Laure Kloetzer <laure.kloetzer@gmail.com
> >> <mailto:laure.kloetzer@gmail.com>> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi Martin,
> >>
> >> We are teaching a similar course here at CNAM, Paris. But in French...
> and
> >> no textbook, we suggest and comment dispersed readings. Would you send
> me
> >> your syllabus ? I would be very happy to compare (our plan is in
> French, if
> >> you read French, I'll be happy to share).
> >> Also interested to see if you get some answers regarding the text book.
> >> If not: why wouldn't we edit this textbook that we need ?
> >> Cheers
> >> LK
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 2014-04-24 15:35 GMT+02:00 Martin John Packer <mpacker@uniandes.edu.co
> >> <mailto:mpacker@uniandes.edu.co>>:
> >> Hi Bella,
> >>
> >> Thanks, but what I'm looking for is a text on the role of language in
> >> psychology. I'm teaching a course that when last taught used this text,
> >> which was published in 1998. I'd like something more contemporary, and
> more
> >> aligned with a sociocultural perspective:
> >>
> >> <
> http://www.amazon.com/The-Psychology-Language-Paul-Whitney/dp/0395757509>
> >>
> >> Martin
> >>
> >> On Apr 23, 2014, at 11:55 PM, Bella Kotik-Friedgut <
> bella.kotik@gmail.com
> >> <mailto:bella.kotik@gmail.com>> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Martin, if you mean something like the following
> >>> Williams, M. & Burden, R. (1997). *Psychology for Language
> >>> Teachers,*Cambridge Language Library.
> >>> I am teaching a course: Psychological aspects of new language learning
> >> and
> >>> teaching.
> >>> So if you need something more specific please ask.
> >>>
> >>> Sincerely yours Bella Kotik-Friedgut
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Martin John Packer <
> >> mpacker@uniandes.edu.co<mailto:mpacker@uniandes.edu.co>
> >>>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Can anyone recommend a good undergraduate textbook on Psychology
> and/of
> >>>> Language?
> >>>>
> >>>> Martin
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>