Psycholinguistics's Stepchild: Studies of Language Production Processes

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 126–128. Reviews the book, Sentence Production: Developments in Research and Theory edited by Sheldon Rosenberg (1977). Psycholinguistics, as the experimental investigation of the processes underlying normal and disordered language use and language learning, has tended unevenly to the phenomena within its province. The book is valuable in presenting research reports not readily available elsewhere. For example, the paper by Jarvella (on effects of verb structure in sentence production) summarizes findings from a series of rather arduous (in point of analysis) sentence-construction experiments that deserve to be better known. In an introductory chapter, editor Rosenberg discusses some of the assumptions he perceives as guiding research in the production area. One of the interesting features of this collection is the extent to which the stress on specifically experimental investigation of language production should so closely parallel a focus upon more global determinants of sentence construction. Serious experimental attention to production processes is, as Rosenberg argues, long overdue. For that malaise this collection of papers is a partial specific. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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