Language and Cognition (2022)

Why study this programme in Groningen?

Why choose us?

The program is research-focused, reflecting the specializationsof the linguists on staff at the University of Groningen Ourlecturers are internationally recognised experts in their fields AResearch Training module offers you the opportunity for hands-onresearch experience in your first year of study A researchinternship (25 ECTS) in the second year can be used to work withexperts in your area of specialization

Programme

Periods
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Basic Statistics (5EC)
Seminar/Summerschool/Winterschool 1 (5EC)
Language comparison (10EC, optional)
Language Development (10EC, optional)
Language variation in Europe (10EC, optional)
Linguistic Analysis (10EC)
Research Training 1 (10EC, optional)
Research Training 1 (5EC, optional)
The interpretation of language (10EC, optional)
Writing: Context, Process, Text (10EC, optional)
The structure of Language (10EC, optional)
Architecture of the Language System (5EC, optional)
Corpus Linguistics (5EC)
The Sound of Language (5EC, optional)
Designing your research project (5EC)
Discourse analysis (10EC, optional)
Language, Brain and Cognition (10EC, optional)
Methodology & Statistics Ling. Research (5EC, optional)
Research traing 2 (10EC, optional)
Research training 2 (5EC, optional)
Periods
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Internship (25EC)
Summerschool/Winterschool 2 (5EC)
Thesis (30EC)
Programme options
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially forstudents who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition tothe standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinaryprogramme that is designed to introduce students to various aspectsof leadership.

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Master's placement (specialization)

A placement is a fixed component of this Master's track.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but theOffice for Student Affairs can offer help with this wherenecessary.

(Video) Theories of language and cognition | Processing the Environment | MCAT | Khan Academy

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended

Students have the opportunity to choose an internship locationabroad or at the University of Groningen. Students have followedtheir internship/courses at the following locations:

Boston Children's Hospital, USA: Data collection with MRI forresearch on language disorders

TEXTGAIN BV: working on the EU Project PANORAMA Developing hatespeech monitoring technology for Greek and Albanian

Bilingualism and Aging Lab at the University of Groningen. TheNetherlands: research on language learning in the third age,working with behavioral and neuroimaging data

Reading's Institute of Education, UK: collecting, processing andanalyzing eye-tracking data

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria: Dynamic Analysisof Language Learning in the Third Age project

University of Leeds, Leeds Child Development Center: children'sonline adjective processing, processing in referentialcommunication

University of Stellenbosch, Taalsentrum, South Africa:readability measurement of texts written in Afrikaans andIsiXhosa

University of Stockholm, Linguistics Department, Sweden:typology, evolution, and extended uses of temperature in language,data collection and analysis of Germanic languages

University of Bristol, UK, OPEN project: conversation analyticresearch on out-of-hours primary medical care

Entry requirements

Transfer options

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LinguisticsAll Research universities

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Communication and Information StudiesAll Research universities

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Information ScienceAll Research universities

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European Languages and CulturesAll Research universities

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English Language and CultureAll Research universities

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Study programmeOrganizationTransition
English Language and CultureUniversity of Groningen

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LinguisticsUniversity of Groningen

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Information ScienceUniversity of Groningen

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European Languages and CulturesUniversity of Groningen

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Communication and Information StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record, with a grade of 8.0 or higher on thethesis written for the B.A. or previous M.A. degree.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subjectcertificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirementof TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

(motivation-) letter

A letter outlining the prospective student's motivation forselecting the programme and Research Master's track, includingtheir expectations and interests.

(Video) Language and cognition

other admission requirements

The selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degreecertificates, student motivation, the thesis or other writingsample, and fit for the UG programme. Students who have not yetcompleted their Bachelor can be given provisional admission.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets thespecific programme requirements, we will consider the level andcurriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you haveobtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Officeand the Admissions Board.

Selection procedure

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record, with a grade of 8.0 or higher on thethesis written for the B.A. or previous M.A. degree.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subjectcertificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirementof TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

(motivation-) letter

A letter outlining the prospective student's motivation forselecting the programme and Research Master's track, includingtheir expectations and interests.

other admission requirements

The selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degreecertificates, student motivation, the thesis or other writingsample, and fit for the UG programme. Students who have not yetcompleted their Bachelor can be given provisional admission.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets thespecific programme requirements, we will consider the level andcurriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you haveobtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Officeand the Admissions Board.

Registration procedure

It may be possible to start your Master's if you have notyet fully completed your Bachelor's degree. Please contact thestudy adviser to discuss the different options.

Selection procedure

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
(Video) Noam Chomsky: Language and Other Cognitive Processes

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€14570full-time

Practical information for:

Dutch studentsInternational students

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you are well prepared for a career inresearch. In fact, this track is an ideal stepping stone to a PhDposition at a university. You can conduct research in Linguistics,such as Neuro- or Clinical Linguistics, Language Development orTheoretical Linguistics. Other options are Speech Technology, andCommunication and Computer Linguistics.

During the Research Master's programme in Linguistics you willacquire a wide-ranging set of skills useful in a wide range ofdomains. These include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Methodological skills
  • Statistical skills
  • Corpus analysis
  • Experimental design
  • Working in a team

Job examples

  • Applied researcher
  • Information specialist at a public organization (e.g. the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Police Academy, or the Centraal Administratiekantoor)
  • Science journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Project leader
  • Educational specialist at a publisher
  • Lecturer in secondary education
  • Research oriented career in Linguistics

Research

The programme in Language and Cognition is tied to the GroningenResearch Institute in Linguistics (CLCG) and is also affiliatedwith the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) andResearch School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences(BCN).

Research institute CLCG

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is aresearch institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University ofGroningen. It is the institutional home for all the linguisticresearch carried out within the faculty, and students have theopportunity to work with members of this center who specialize intheir area of interest. Please see https://www.rug.nl/research/clcg/ to view theprofiles of individual researchers. Within the CLCG there are fourdifferent research groups:

Computational Linguistics

Discourse and Communication

Neurolinguistics and Language Development

Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics

Publishing your own work

Students are encouraged to present their work at conferences andsubmit it for publication, often co-authoring with instructors whoguide them through the process of research, compiling and reportingresults, and academic writing. Having published during your studiesis a big plus when applying for a PhD position. Every year at leastfour students of the Research Master publish their worksomewhere.

LOT Research School

LOT is an acronym of Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap(National Graduate School of Linguistics). The research by the LOTinstitutes covers all major areas of linguistics as well as a widerange of methodological tools and theoretical frameworks. LOTorganises the national graduate courses and offers a Winter Schoolin January and a Summer School in June/July on various locationsthroughout the Netherlands and Belgium. As a Language and Cognitionstudent you will attend at least two Summer or Winter schools (thecost of which is paid for by the university) and completeassignments about the courses in order to obtain 10 ECTS.

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EMLAR/conferences

For students interested in language acquisition, it is possibleto get LOT credits for attending the EMLAR (Experimental Methods inLanguage Acquisition Research) conference.

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(Video) Language and Cognition - LAC - BE.d Class Time - Suresh Babu G

Other conferences

Language and Cognition students are encouraged to attendnational and international conferences. The TABU DAG is aninternational linguistics conference organized at the University ofGroningen and provides one opportunity for students to hearpresentations or give their own!

Student/research-assistent

The university offers student assistant positions to a limitednumber of students. This paid position can have a duration up to awhole year and is usually for one day per week. The activities canbe very diverse: teaching and educational support or assisting in astudy or other projects. A researcher will usually ask you forthese positions.

FAQs

Language and Cognition? ›

Language and Cognition is a venue for the publication of high-quality empirical research focusing on the interface between language and cognition. It is open to research from the full range of subject disciplines, theoretical backgrounds, and analytical frameworks that populate linguistics and the cognitive sciences.

How is language and cognition related? ›

We develop a hypothesis that language and cognition are two separate but closely interacting mechanisms. Language accumulates cultural wisdom; cognition develops mental representations modeling surrounding world and adapts cultural knowledge to concrete circumstances of life.

Is language part of cognition? ›

Language is thought of as one of the human cognitive abilities, along with perception, attention, memory, motor skills, and visual and spatial processing, rather than being subordinate to them.

What is the role of language and cognition in thinking? ›

First, the existence of language as a cognitive process affects the system of thinking. Second, thinking comes before language, and the learning of a language interacts with the conceptual process that is formed before language use. Third, each language spoken may affect the system of thinking.

What is language in cognitive process? ›

We assume that mind is a part of brain function, and we tentatively define the mind as a combination of three main cognitive factors: perception, memory, and consciousness. Language is created by mind, yet, once uttered, words return to the mind, where they are understood.

While cognitive theory views learning as a purely internal and mental process, constructivism views learning as a combination of cognitive development and human interaction.. Piaget suggested that cognitive mental growth is achieved by integrating simpler concepts of knowledge into higher-level concepts at each stage of development.. What are the four stages of Piaget’s cognitive development theory?. The three main types of cognitive theory are: Piaget’s development theory, Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory, and the information process theory.. True or false, the inductive approach to teaching grammar is a good example of a cognitive theory teaching method?. Which of the following are stages of the Piaget’s cognitive development theory?. Which of the following is NOT a stage of Piaget’s stages of cognitive development?

Consider the influence of language on human cognition in professional settings by discussing how language promotes or limits communication between people.. If you have read any of my posts this past week or so, than you know that my daughter was in the hospital.. In a professional setting, choosing the right words is very important.. Now had the doctor explained that she just wanted to talk to my daughter today, I would not have panicked.. This is not the case for the English language, we simply can say “hello.” It was pointed out that many very well educated individuals do not know their directions when asked to tell someone which way is south.. According to Boroditsky in her TED Talk (2018), different languages and cultures assign gender to the words that they use.. The German architect was trying to describe their vision as elegant and beautiful but the Spanish owner wanted something that was viewed as strong.. Another point made by Boroditsky was that “people who use different languages will pay attention to different things depending on what their language requires them to” (TED, 2018).. One way cognition could be improved would be to have a basic understanding of different cultures and their languages.. Another way to improve cognition would be to learn another language or even to appreciate another language and culture.. Speaking does play a huge part in how we can convey ourselves, but there is also body language and how we communicate via typing, like right now.. Body language can help people communicate better in a professional setting.. You may not be able to understand someone’s words, but being able to read someone’s body can help get feelings and thoughts across.. Being able to master reading body language can help us understand those who may not speak the same language.. Why body language is important in the workplace.

UK students. International students. UK tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690. Overseas tuition fees (2022/23) £27,480. 5 academic years. Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.. UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL.. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.. International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.. Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below.. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

Cognitive Linguistics grew out of the work of a number of researchers active in the 1970s who were interested in the relation of language and mind, and who did not follow the prevailing tendency to explain linguistic patterns by means of appeals to structural properties internal to and specific to language.. Functional linguistics developed into discourse-functional linguistics and functional-typological linguistics, with slightly different foci, but broadly similar in aims to Cognitive Linguistics.. Other linguists developing their own frameworks for linguistic description in a cognitive direction in the 1970s were Sydney Lamb (Stratificational Linguistics, later Neurocognitive Linguistics ) and Dick Hudson ( Word Grammar ).. At that conference, it was decided to found a new organization, the International Cognitive Linguistic Association, which would hold biennial conferences to bring together researchers working in cognitive linguistics.. Because cognitive linguistics sees language as embedded in the overall cognitive capacities of man, topics of special interest for cognitive linguistics include: the structural characteristics of natural language categorization (such as prototypicality, systematic polysemy, cognitive models, mental imagery and metaphor); the functional principles of linguistic organization (such as iconicity and naturalness); the conceptual interface between syntax and semantics (as explored by cognitive grammar and construction grammar); the experiential and pragmatic background of language-in-use; and the relationship between language and thought, including questions about relativism and conceptual universals.. In this summary, the strong connections between Cognitive Linguistics and the research areas of functional linguistics, linguistic description, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse studies can be seen.

But we do comprehend them, through our language.. If language is such an important element to our higher level thought processes, then we must take this idea into consideration when designing artificial intelligence applications that mimic, or are comparable to, human thought processes.. This hypothesis contrasts with the idea that humans essentially all think and form language the same way (universal grammar), which is an idea promoted by Noam Chomsky.. In the weak form, the theory suggests that language has an influence on our world view and our thinking process.. The strong form states that language determines our thought process.. English, Spanish, and many other languages utilize agentive language.. However, English speakers appear to utilize it more than Spanish language speakers, in cases of accidental situations.. But whatever the reason, English language speakers were better able to remember the agents involved in accidents, more easily than Spanish language speakers.. The Kuuk Thaayorre language is another interesting example of how language shapes our cognition.. The people who speak this language also happen to be amazing to keep track of where they are.. While there is still much that we can learn, these three different studies on language and cognition make the theory that language has a significant influence on memory, behavior, and general thought processes, fairly robust.. Any sufficiently advanced AGI needs to be able to learn new language dynamically.. Especially if we have the modified Turing Test that I mentioned in my previous AGI article, we can then compare this version to another version, which includes more robust language processing.

Videos

1. Language and Cognition - LAC - Suresh Babu G
(SURESH BABU G Assistant Professor)
2. Language: Crash Course Psychology #16
(CrashCourse)
3. Asifa Majid - Language and Cognition or languages and cognitions? (ELLE 2022)
(Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh)
4. Language and Cognition
(Case Western Reserve University)
5. Language and cognition
(Dr. Ashokkumar B. Surapur)
6. 2- Force Dynamics in Language and Cognition
(mehranshargh)

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