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The Science of Language and Communication

Learn about the Psychological Principles and the Science of Language and Communication in this free online course.

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In this free online course on the Science of Language and Communication, you will learn about the characteristics and the purpose of Animal Communication Systems. You will gain insight into the key aspects that social theories of language evolution emphasize; how language research is done and the conditions under which these experiments are carried out. Anyone in the field of Psychology or Linguistics will benefit from studying this course.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Mobile Friendly

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL
  • Accreditation

    CPD

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

The Psychological Principles and the development of Language and Communication are discussed in this free online course. The first section focuses on the general features of the animal communication system. You will learn about the factors that influence animal communication such as mating, feeding, socializing, and more. You will also learn about the distinguishing features of human communication over that of animals.

The next section will discuss the Science of Language. In this section, you will learn about the theories, hypothesis, and experimental procedures that are related to the study of language and communication. You will see how language research is done and the conditions under which this experiment is carried out. Thereafter, you will see a comparison of between-subjects design and within-subjects design.

The last section introduces the concept of Hypothesis Testing. You will learn about the features of lexical decisions and priming which explains the experimental processes in detail. The notion of Implicit Learning will also be discussed in this section and how eye-tracking is used as a technique for psycholinguistics test. This course will be beneficial to those studying Language, Communication, or any related courses. It will also benefit those who simply want to improve their learning and understanding of these subjects. Start this course today!

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:


  • Discuss the main purposes of Animal Communication
  • Explain the methods used by species to maintain Social Structure
  • State the features that distinguish language from other communication systems
  • Outline the basic levels of linguistic structure
  • Discuss the stages of the Evolution of Languages
  • Define the concepts of theory, hypothesis, and falsifiability
  • Explain the characteristics of Induction and Deduction
  • Outline the various scientific methods of carrying out language studies
  • State the models and theories of language and communication
  • Discuss the behavioural techniques adopted for language research

Certification

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