Syllabus query

Academic Year/course: 2017/18

427 - Degree in Spanish

28045 - Biolinguistics: Language, Mind and Brain

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
28045 - Biolinguistics: Language, Mind and Brain
Faculty / School:
103 - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
427 - Degree in Spanish
580 - Degree in Spanish: 3
427 - Degree in Spanish: 4
580 - Degree in Spanish: 4
427 - Degree in Spanish: 3
Second semester
Subject Type:

5.1. Methodological overview

See "Learning activities " and "Syllabus".

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.2. Learning tasks

  • Theoretical lectures.
  • Practical lectures.
  • Individual work.
  • Personal study.
  • Assessment activities.

5.3. Syllabus

Participative (theoretical/practical) lectures in the classroom. Presentation, debate and clarification of questions regarding theoretical/practical aspects of the contents of the syllabus, which is organised around the following topics:


Theoretical part (Guillermo Lorenzo (2013): Biolingüística. La nueva síntesis. Oviedo, Universidad de  Oviedo: Only available as a free pdf (Creative Commons licence) at

  1. On the scientific status of biolinguistics


  1. Human languages as natural objects


  1. The architecture of the language faculty: the computational system and the lexicon
    1. The interface with the conceptual-intentional system


  1. The interface with the sensory-motor system


  1. Genetic and evolutionary aspects of the language faculty


Theoretical/practical part (Belinchon, M and A. Riviere (2004): Psicología del lenguaje. Investigación y teoría, Barcelona: Trotta (6ºed.) or Boecks, C., Mª C. Horno and J.L. Mendívil (eds.) (2012): Language, from a Biological Point of View, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars).

  1. Basic foundations of research into psycholinguistics: research methods, design of experiments, data analysis and dissemination of results 
    1. Language acquisition


  1. Multilingualism: several languages in just one brain


  1. Comprehension and production in real time: the processing of language


  1. Language disorders and aphasias

5.4. Course planning and calendar

See the academic calendar of the University of Zaragoza ( and the website of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts (Schedule of classes:; Examination schedule:

More information will be provided on the first day of class.