Psycholinguistics Without Pain

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 825–826. Reviews the book, Psychology and Language: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Herbert H. Clark and Eve V. Clark (1977). This book is the most comprehensive and also one of the more readable texts. It therefore has the main ingredients necessary for an introductory text. It has, however, one serious drawback in that there is no presentation of the basic elements of, linguistics. On the positive side, the authors have made an attempt, in characterizing the nature of language, to choose linguistic constructions that enter into their subsequent discussions in the chapters on adult comprehension and production as well as those on children's language acquisition. In many respects, this book provides a text with a prose style that does not require translation into the dialect of the advanced undergraduate nor one that requires, much correction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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