Psycholinguistics is an approach to language study just like phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Considering the morphological components of the word "Psycholinguistics", two terms are traceable-- "psycho" and "linguistics". The former term, which is "psycho" has its etymology from the Greek word, "psȳchḗ" which means "mind". The later concept, "linguistics", has language as its root. Hence, the concept of Psycholinguistics simply describes the relationship between language and the human mind. Human is emphasised in the description of the concept of Psycholinguistics because of the peculiarity of language as an attribute of humans, animals use paralinguistic cues.
Scope of Psycholinguistics
Psycholinguistics is the study of language from a psychological perspective. To be more precise, studying the psychology of language in relation to its use is the core of Psycholinguistics. Defining the scope of Psycholinguistics revolves around the following questions:
i. how do language start?
ii. what are the components of language?
iii. what are the processes of communication?
- History and Major Theories - Charlie Kramer
- Language and Thought - Midas
- Language and the Brain - Jennifer Chetwynd
Language Perception Edit
- Speech Perception
- Reading- Jacqueline Vincent
- Morphology - Jillian Baker
- Words, Meaning, and Word Recognition
- Sentence Processing (Syntax)
- Prosody - Keegan Colville
- Discourse - Catherine McIntyre
Language and Other Human Cognitive Artefacts Edit
Language Output Edit
Language Acquisition Edit
- Theories and Models of Language Acquisition- Megan J Mac Donald
- Pidgins, Creoles, and Home Sign - Emily McGuire
- Development of Speech Perception - Bengisu Gonul
- Development of Speech Production - Jennifer Browning
- Acquisition of More than One Language - Laura Doane
- A comparison of language processing in Chinese and English - Minzhou Sun
- Neural Basis of Multi-Lingualism - Joel Sardinha