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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to identify the processes in the brain that are related to understanding language. This free course, From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language, looks at how language is understood by taking an interdisciplinary approach.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise definitions and applications of key terms relating to mental health
  • understand and apply basic grammatical terminology
  • describe briefly the different types of sounds used in speech in both acoustic and articulatory terms
  • outline the key features of human language as compared to the vocalisations of other species
  • describe the complex psychological processes involved in decoding even simple sentences of spoken language.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 02/03/2016

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