Introducing the fundamental issues in psycholinguistics, this book explores
the amazing story of the unconscious processes that take place when humans
use language. Spanning key topics including the biological foundations of
language; acquisition of first and second languages in children and adults;
the mental lexicon; and speech production, perception, and processing, it
is a very welcome addition for those seeking a linguistically-oriented yet
Reflecting the experience and knowledge gained by the authors in their
combined forty years of teaching psycholinguistics, the book is structured
as an engaging narrative; from an idea in the mind of a speaker, to its
comprehension in the mind of the hearer. It includes the very latest
empirical developments in psycholinguistics, and is illustrated throughout
with examples from bilingual as well as monolingual language processing,
second language acquisition, and sign languages. Each chapter concludes
with study questions, a review of the key concepts discussed, and further
readings where appropriate. An appendix discussing experimental designs in
psycholinguistics offers an excellent overview of work being done in the
field, and prepares students for their own research.
Table of Contents
List of Tables.
1. Beginning Concepts.
2. The Nature of Linguistic Competence.
3. The Biological Basis of Language.
4. The Acquisition of Language.
5. The Speaker: Producing Speech.
6. The Hearer: Speech Perception and Lexical Access.
7. The Hearer: Structural Processing.
8. Remembering Sentences, Processing Discourse, and Having Conversations.
Epilogue. Appendix: Experimental Designs in Psycholinguistics.