Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-23
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Introducing the fundamental issues in psycholinguistics, this book explores the amazing story of the unconscious processes that take place when humans use language. It is an ideal text for undergraduates taking a first course in the study of language. Topics covered include the biological foundations of language; acquisition of first and second languages in children and adults; the mental lexicon; and speech production, perception, and processing Structured as an engaging narrative that takes the reader from an idea in the mind of a speaker to its comprehension in the mind of the hearer Reflects the latest empirical developments in psycholinguistics, and is illustrated throughout with examples from bilingual as well as monolingual language processing, second language acquisition, and sign languages Student-friendly features include chapter-by-chapter study questions and discussion summaries; the appendix offers an excellent overview of experimental designs in psycholinguistics, and prepares students for their own research Written by an internationally-regarded author team, drawing on forty years of experience in teaching psycholinguistics

Author Biography

Eva M. Fernandez is Associate Professor at Queens College, City University of New York. She is also affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center's Programs in Linguistics and in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, and currently directs Queens College's Center for Teaching and Learning. Helen Smith Cairns is Professor Emerita at Queens College, City University of New York. She is affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Programs in Linguistics and in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her research and scholarship are in the areas of adult sentence processing and first language acquisition in children.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Beginning Concepts
The Nature of Linguistic Competence
The Biological Basis of Language
The Acquisition of Language
The Speaker: Producing Speech
The Hearer: Speech Perception and Lexical Access
The Hearer: Structural Processing
Remembering Sentences, Processing Discourse, and Having Conversations
Epilogue. Appendix: Experimental Designs in Psycholinguistics
Name Index
Subject Index
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