Psycholinguistics: Psychology, Linguistics, and the Study of Natural Language

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 232. Reviews the book, Psycholinguistics: Psychology, Linguistics, and the Study of Natural Language by Joseph F. Kess (1992). This text is intended as an introduction to psycholinguistics for graduate students or upper level undergraduates in psychology or linguistics. Kess concentrates on the nature of psycholinguistic inquiry, its history, studies in phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse, semantics, biological correlates, language, and cognition, and first language acquisition by children. Kess's approach is not based on one model, but is an integrated history of the development of theories and methods that have proved successful in the field. Kess examines, among other topics, the role of parsing strategies in sentence comprehension, modularity versus interactionism, and sound symbolism and linguistic relativity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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