ELL220 : Cognitive Approaches to Language Acquisition

Convenor(s): Dr Ewa Dabrowska


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module is devoted to the study of first language development: how children learn the phonology, lexicon, and grammar of their native language. You will learn about the kinds of units that children initially extract from the ambient language, how these units evolve into an adult-like system, and the cognitive processes responsible for these developments. The module contrasts cognitive-functional (usage-based) and generative approaches, with an emphasis on the former.


Teaching will be by a mixture of lectures, seminars, problem-solving classes, and tutorials. Lectures will be used to introduce new topics, with some time set aside for questions and limited discussion. Seminars will be devoted to more in-depth discussion of the material covered in the lectures and set readings. During problem-solving classes, students will work through data sets. Tutorials will be used to offer assistance in preparing the presentation and to provide individualised feedback about it.


Contact Details

Dr Ewa Dabrowska, tel: 0114 222 0215


Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:39:55 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK