Psycholinguistics

psycholinguistics, the study of psychological states and mental activity associated with the use of language. An important focus of psycholinguistics is the largely unconscious application of grammatical rules that enable people to produce and comprehend intelligible sentences. Psycholinguists investigate the relationship between language and thought, a perennial subject of debate being whether language is a function of thinking or thought a function of the use of language. However, most problems in psycholinguistics are more concrete, involving the study of linguistic performance and language acquisition, especially in children. The work of Noam Chomsky and other proponents of transformational grammar have had a marked influence on the field. Neurolinguists study the brain activity involved in language use, obtaining much of their data from people whose ability to use language has been impaired due to brain damage.

See D. Foss and D. Hakes, Psycholinguistics (1978); V. C. Tartter, Language Processes (1986); A. Radford, Syntactic Theory and the Acquisition of English Syntax (1990).

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Psycholinguistics: Selected full-text books and articles

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics By Danny D. Steinberg; Natalia V. Sciarini Routledge, 2013 (2nd edition)
The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory By Trevor A. Harley Psychology Press, 2001 (2nd edition)
Finding What You Expect to See: Theoretical Modeling in Psycholinguistics By Ahrens, Kathleen Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 3, July 1, 2012
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About a Role and Value of Nonverbal Communication in Psycholinguistics By Yildirim, Ilhan; Orazbekova, Zeine; Unal, Yener Asian Social Science, Vol. 10, No. 4, February 2014
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A Brief Review of Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives on Language Processing By Bulut, Talat; Wu, Denise H Cognitie, Creier, Comportament, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2016
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Forensic Psycholinguistics: Using Language Analysis for Identifying and Assessing Offenders By Smith, Sharon S.; Shuy, Roger W The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 4, April 2002
Psycholinguistic Research: Implications and Applications By Doris Aaronson; Robert W. Rieber Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1979
Perspectives on Sentence Processing By Charles Clifton Jr.; Lyn Frazier; Keith Rayner Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1994
Foreign Language Learning: Psycholinguistic Studies on Training and Retention By Alice F. Healy; Lyle E. Bourne Jr Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998
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