Second Language Acquisition III a (G30)



G30 Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Second Language Acquisiiton IIIa (Fall 2017, Monday 3rd period)— 北棟107



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10/16/2017:  I added a link to LEAP-Q in【資料】Materials section below. 

10/18/2017:  I added more Readings in【資料】Materials section below.  

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Official Course Syllabus https://syllabus.lit.nagoya-u.ac.jp/detail/2017012804/


【履修条件・注意事項】Requirements for registration

It is expected that students have a background in linguistics and/or a related discipline in cognitive science.


【資料】Materials (in the order they were introduced)



【本授業の目的およびねらい】Objectives of this course                                                   

This course broadly covers various topics in bilingual psycholinguistic research and provides students with an opportunity to understand second language competence/performance from multiple psycholinguistic perspectives. Issues covered in this course include how bilinguals’ two languages are stored and utilized in their mind/brain and how two languages function with relation to other cognitive processes. By finding, reading, and summarizing primary sources, students will be able to develop their research skills, reading skills, and organizational skills. Furthermore, through in-class discussions with peers, students will be able to master how to read academic articles critically and how to turn a question into a new original research.


【授業内容】 Class contents                                                                

In this course, students study various aspects of bilingual language processing, closely following Grosjean & Li’s (2013) book “The psycholinguistics of bilingualism.”


1. Course introduction (October 2)

2. Bilingualism: A short introduction (October 16)

3. Reading (October 23)

4. Reading (October 30)

5. Writing (November 6)

6. Production (November 13)

7. Production (November 20)

8. Spontaneous language acquisition (November 27)

9. Successive language acquisition (December 4)

10. Bilingual memory (December 11)

11. Bilingual memory (December 18)

12. Cognitive effect (December 25)

13. Cognitive effect (January 15)

14. Neurolinguistic and neurocomputational models (January 22)

15. Course summary (January 29)


The language of instruction is English. The above course plan is tentative and subject to revision during the semester, depending on students’ progress and, to an extent, topics of your interest.

I am expecting a discussion leader to (1) come up with a new discussion question or (2)  introduce a relevant research.


【自宅学習】 Preparation for the lectures

Please (1) read assigned articles, (2) make a summary of the articles, and (3) prepare for a discussion prior to each class.


【成績評価の方法】 Evaluation System                                                          

Please (1) read assigned articles, (2) make a summary of the articles, and (3) prepare for a discussion prior to each class.

Regarding (2), please summarize each chapter briefly and answer one of the end-of-the-chapter questions; one page will suffice.


【教科書】 Textbook

Grosjean, F., & Li, P. (2013). The psycholinguistics of bilingualism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.


【オフィスアワー】Office hour

Office hour: Friday noon (12:00 - 13:00)(please feel free to email me anytime)

Office: 文系総合館 711号室

Email: kojimiwa@nagoya-u.jp




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