Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Psycholinguistics

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byThomas ScovelEditorH. G. Widdowson

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Psycholinguists have shown that the comprehension and production of even the simplest language is a highly complex, almost miraculous, process. This brief introduction shows how psycholinguistic research can act as a window to the workings of the human mind.

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Psycholinguists have shown that the comprehension and production of even the simplest language is a highly complex, almost miraculous, process. This brief introduction shows how psycholinguistic research can act as a window to the workings of the human mind.

Thomas Scovel was born in China and currently teaches courses in ESL, psycholinguistics, pedagogical grammar, second language acquisition, and TESOL methodology at San Francisco State University. He has spent many years teaching and living in various Asian countries. He has been an active member of TESOL, AAAL, and the International Ne...
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PrefaceAuthor's prefaceSECTION 1 Survey1. Introduction2. Acquisition: when I was a child, I spoke as a child'... no language but a cry'First wordsThe birth of grammarEvidence for innatenessChildish creativityStages of linguistic development3. Production: putting words in one's mouthConceptualizationFormulationArticulationSelf-monitoring4. Comprehension: understanding what we hear and readThe comprehension of soundsThe comprehension of wordsThe comprehension of sentencesThe comprehension of textsComprehension concluded5. Dissolution: language lossNeurolinguistics and language lossSpeech and language disordersConcluding summarySECTION 2 ReadingsSECTION 3 ReferencesSECTION 4 Glossary

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'The book successfully accomplishes its goal of easing people into an understanding of complex ideas.' - The Clarion, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1999