Graduate School

Introduction to psycholinguistics

This course is part of the programme:
Cognitive science of language Third Level

Objectives and competences

The course provides an overview of and aims to establish a necessary level of knowledge in this research area.


  • Ability to do independent research in psycholinguistics
  • Ability to identify interesting and theoretically significant problems in psycholinguistics



Content (Syllabus outline)

Basic knowledge of psycholinguistic topics, including

  • First language acquisition
  • Language comprehension
  • Language production
  • Psychological experiments

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge of the fundamentals of psycholinguistics, innateness of language, methods of experimental psychology.


  • Carroll, David W. 2007. Psychology of language. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
  • Fernandez, Eva M., and Cairns, Helen Smith. 2010. Fundamentals of psycholinguistics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Matthew Traxler & Morton Gernsbacher. 2006. Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Članki iz psiholingvističnih revij/Important articles from the professional journals: Journal of Psycholinguistic research, Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Memory and Language, Brain and Language, Cognition, etc.).


Homework assignments and final term paper (50% / 50%).

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.


1. STEPANOV, Arthur. Voiding island effects via head movement. 2012. Linguistic inquiry, ISSN 0024-3892, vol. 43, no. 4, str. 680-693.

2. STEPANOV, Arthur, STATEVA, Penka. 2009. When QR disobeys superiority. Linguistic inquiry, ISSN 0024-3892, vol. 40, no. 1, str. 176-185.

3. STEPANOV, Arthur, TSAI, Wei-Tien Dylan. 2008. Cartography and licensing of wh-adjuncts : a cross-linguistic perspective. Natural language and linguistic theory, ISSN 0167-806X, vol. 26, no. 3, str. 589-638.

4. STEPANOV, Arthur. 2007. The end of CED? : minimalism and extraction domains. Syntax, ISSN 1368-0005, vol. 10, no. 1, str. 80-126.

5. STEPANOV, Arthur. 2007. Morphological case and the inverse case filter. Linguistische Berichte, ISSN 0024-3930, hft. 211, str. 255-276.

University course code: 3JEZ004

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1 ali 2

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 45 hours
  • Other: 135 hours

Course type: obligatory

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • individual work under supervision of the instructor