Introduction to psycholinguistics

This course is part of the programme
Doctoral study programme Cognitive Science of Language

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




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. Catalogue E-version
  • Fernandez, Eva M., and Cairns, Helen Smith. 2010. Fundamentals of psycholinguistics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Catalogue
  • Matthew Traxler & Morton Gernsbacher. 2006. Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Catalogue E-version
  • Articles from the professional journals: Journal of Psycholinguistic research E-version, Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Memory and Language E-version, Brain and Language E-version, Cognition E-version, etc.).


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

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.


  1. PAVLIČ, Matic, STEPANOV, Arthur. 2023 (in print). Number mismatch effect and processing cataphora in a pro-drop language: The case of Slovenian. In: Formal Description of Slavic Languages 14. Berlin: Language Science Press.
  2. STEPANOV, Arthur, KODRIČ, Karmen Brina, STATEVA, Penka. 2020. The role of working memory in children's ability for prosodic discrimination. PloS One 15 (3), 1-16,
  3. STEPANOV, Arthur, ANDREETTA, Sara, STATEVA, Penka, ZAWISZEWSKI, Adam, LAKA, Itziar. 2020. Anomaly detection in processing of complex syntax by early L2 learners. Second Language Research 36(3): 371-397.
  4. STEPANOV, Arthur, PAVLIČ, Matic, STATEVA, Penka, REBOUL, Anne. 2018. Children's early bilingualism and musical training influence prosodic discrimination of sentences in an unknown language. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 143(1): el1-el7. DOI: 10.1121/1.5019700.
  5. STEPANOV, Arthur, STATEVA, Penka. Cross-linguistic evidence for memory storage costs in filler-gap dependencies with wh-adjuncts. Frontiers in Psychology. Sep. 2015, vol. 6.