List of Tables.
1. Beginning Concepts.
2. The Nature of Linguistic Competence.
3. The Biological Basis of Language.
4. The Acquisition of Language.
5. The Speaker: Producing Speech.
6. The Hearer: Speech Perception and Lexical Access.
7. The Hearer: Structural Processing.
8. Remembering Sentences, Processing Discourse, and Having Conversations.
Epilogue. Appendix: Experimental Designs in Psycholinguistics.
"The strengths of the book are many: its attention to monolingual and bilingual contexts, its clear explanation of methodology and its selection of key illustrated studies." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 4 November 2010)
"It is an ideal text for undergraduates taking a first course in the study of language." (Forbes.com, 2 November 2010)
- Exploring the fundamental issues in psycholinguistics, this is an ideal text for those seeking a linguistically-oriented yet balanced introduction to 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