An introudction and a Practitioner's Guide to Psycholinguistics

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 453–454. Reviews the books, Psycholinguistics: An Introduction to the Psychology of Language by Donald J. Foss and David T. Hakes (1978); and Psychology of Language by David S. Palermo (1978). These two new entries in the constellation of psycholinguistics texts are both praiseworthy, but they are very different in aim, scope, and style. Both are heavily influenced by the standard MIT line, not only in their linguistics but in their psycholinguistics as well. My impression of Palermo's book is clearly that of an interesting and informative introduction to the field, whereas Foss and Hakes have compiled something that comes much closer to being a practitioner's guide to psycholinguistics. Palermo places emphasis on the process of revolution, Foss and Hakes are more concerned with the products of the revolution. Their book falls short of being a compendium or handbook of experimental results, and perhaps this is just as well. Palermo's book does not suffer by comparison to Foss and Hakes's in terms of the breadth of coverage. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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