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Narasimhan, Bhuvana Associate Professor

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  • Dr.Narasimhan's research uses psycholinguistic experiments and statistical analysis of corpora to investigate the relationship between language and cognition, the acquisition of semantic and discourse-pragmatics in children acquiring a first language, and the crosslinguistic encoding of meaning and argument structure with a focus on Hindi and Tamil.

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  • meaning and argument structure, language-cognition relationship, developmental psycholinguistics, children's semantic and pragmatic development, acquisition of verb meaning, argument realization, information structure

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Teaching

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  • LING 3430 - Semantics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Theoretical and practical study of meaning in natural language. Considers both semantic theories and semantic phenomena from diverse languages. Does not treat techniques for improving the use of language.
  • LING 4100 - Perspectives on Language
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides extended critical examination of a few selected issues, chosen each term for their general interest and relevance, e.g., the relation between language and thought, or human language vs. animal languages, and computer languages. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided topics vary. Recommended prerequisite: LING 2000.
  • LING 4220 - Language and Mind
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies topics such a speech perception, word recognition, sentence comprehension, language acquisition, bilingualism, reading and writing. Examines the role of language as a product and producer of the mind, studying interactions between language and cognition from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will become familiar with the methods of psycholinguistics and design and conduct a psycholinguistic experiment on their own. Recommended prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and LING 2000. Same as PSYC 4220.
  • LING 5300 - Research in Psycholinguistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    After a general introduction to issues and research methods in psycholinguistics (language production and comprehension, language and cognition, language acquisition), several major current research topics, such as models of speech production and theories of brain specialization for language, are explored. Recommended prerequisite: at least one graduate-level course in LING, PSYC or CSCI.
  • LING 5800 - Open Topics in Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of instructors. Contact the department office for information. May be repeated up to 9 credit hours.
  • LING 6560 - Language Acquisition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Theories and research methods in first-language acquisition of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Recommended prerequisites: LING 5410 and LING 5420 and LING 5430.
  • LING 7800 - Open Topics in Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum; offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of instructors. Contact the department office for information.
  • PSYC 4220 - Language and Mind
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies topics such a speech perception, word recognition, sentence comprehension, language acquisition, bilingualism, reading and writing. Examines the role of language as a product and producer of the mind, studying interactions between language and cognition from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will become familiar with the methods of psycholinguistics and design and conduct a psycholinguistic experiment on their own. Recommended prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and LING 2000. Same as LING 4220.

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