Daphna Heller

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On leave Fall 2020.

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Courses Taught

JLP374 Psychology of Language

The psychology of language, usually known as psycholinguistics, is the study of the mental processes involved in producing and understanding language. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the main research questions in psycholinguistics, to the experimental methodologies used to investigate these questions, and to major findings and theoretical constructs.

JLP471 Advanced psycholinguistics (LIN1270)

Psycholinguistics is the study of the mental processes involved in producing and understanding language. In this advanced seminar, we read primary literature (i.e., journal articles) in psycholinguistics that examines language processing in languages other than English: from processing perspectives on linguistic diversity, to syntactic processing, to morphological processing. Our goal is, on the one hand, to evaluate the contribution of the cross-linguistic perspective to our understanding of language processing, and, on the other hand, to think about linguistic diversity through the lens of language processing.

LIN305 Quantitative methods in linguistics (LIN1005)

This is an introductory course to statistical analysis and experimental design, tailored specifically to the needs of research in linguistics. No background in statistics or mathematics (beyond basic algebra) is assumed, but the course moves quickly through a number of analytical techniques. This course uses R for the statistical analysis.

LIN1205 Experimental design (graduate only)

This is an advanced introduction to experimental design, tailored specifically to the needs of researchers in linguistics. The course focuses on the design of controlled lab experiments (as opposed to observational field studies or corpus studies), and will discuss the operationalization of research questions, the benefits and limitations of different experimental methodologies, and some issues in statistical analysis. We will address research questions in different areas of linguistics, from phonology, syntax, and semantics to acquisition and sentence processing. The goal of this course is to give students the tools to be able to start putting together experiments independently.

TBB199 Language and advertising

This course examines how language is used in advertising. The goal is to understand both how advertisers use language in creating persuasive messages, and how we, as the target audience, unconsciously process these messages. The course will introduce and explore tools of linguistic analysis from semantics, pragmatics and psycholinguistics which will be used in the critical evaluation of advertisements.