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Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110)

One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This lecture introduces students to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. This lecture also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages across cultures.

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Scientific Notion of Language and Structure
15:53 - Chapter 2. Phonology: A System of Sounds
24:07 - Chapter 3. Morphology: A System of Words
27:21 - Chapter 4. Syntax: Communicating Complicated Ideas
35:21 - Chapter 5. Question and Answer on Language Structure
39:10 - Chapter 6. Noam Chomsky and Language Acquisition
47:07 - Chapter 7. The Time Course of Language Acquisition

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.