Lab in Psycholinguistics

Sentence tree depicting syntax deletion in 'The mother gave the candle the girl'

A sentence tree demonstrates that a small deletion in syntax can change the literal meaning of a sentence. Image courtesy of Professor Edward Gibson.


MIT Course Number

9.59J / 24.905J

As Taught In

Spring 2017



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Course Description

Hands-on experience designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting experiments on the structure and processing of human language. Focuses on constructing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting an original and independent experimental project of publishable quality. Develops skills in reading and writing scientific research reports in cognitive science, including evaluating the methods section of a published paper, reading and understanding graphical displays and statistical claims about data, and evaluating theoretical claims based on experimental data. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided.

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Edward Gibson. 9.59J Lab in Psycholinguistics. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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