In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Psycholinguistics

  • Introduction
  • Language and Other Cognitive Domains
  • History of the Field

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Linguistics Psycholinguistics
Eva M. Fernández
  • LAST REVIEWED: 19 September 2022
  • LAST MODIFIED: 28 October 2011
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199772810-0083


Psycholinguistics is the study of the mental processes and representations that support language acquisition and language use. The discipline lies at the juncture of linguistics and psychology and is further informed by computational linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, sociolinguistics, anthropology, and the philosophy of language. This article covers some of the major Journals in the field, followed by a set of introductory volumes, written either for general audiences or for experts. The sections that follow provide specific coverage of key branches in current psycholinguistic research. The section on linguistic Perception covers Speech Perception, Lexical Access, and Sentence Processing. The section on linguistic Production includes coverage of Lexical Selection and Phonological Encoding. Research on Discourse Processing and discourse-situated language use, and research on how Written Language is processed, are provided in a section on processes and mechanisms that apply Beyond the Sentence. This is followed by a section on the intersection of Language And Other Cognitive Domains. A section on methods provides references to overviews of a range of paradigms in psycholinguistics. The article also provides the historical backdrop to the field.

General Overviews and Textbooks

The sources provided in this section fall into three categories. The first category includes introductions to the study of language from the perspective of psycholinguistics, some targeting beginning undergraduate students as the main audience, and others written for a more general public (Introductory Works). The second category is a set of volumes offering introductions to psycholinguistics for a more advanced audience, including scholars in related disciplines and graduate students (Advanced Introductory Works). The third category includes introductions to some closely related areas of study, including texts on computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, first-language acquisition, and bilingualism and second-language acquisition (Introductory Works in Related Fields).

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