Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Human Discourse Processing

Summer 2017 and Summer 2018, at the University of Potsdam

This course provides an introduction to how discourse is processed by humans. Discourse is defined as the language above the level of sentence and also the use of language in context. In this course, we will learn about a wide range of phenomena included in the study of discourse processing from linguistic and psycholinguistic points of view. Students will read original and recent work in these areas. They will also examine different forms of discourse and analyze important aspects of human discourse processing. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with numerous issues in the study of human discourse processing. The classes will take the form of seminars and include engaging discussions on significant topics in the field. The students will be evaluated based on their performance in a number of activities: writing  summaries and reviews, conducting a small project, and writing (and presenting) a term paper based on the project.

Course syllabus