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Defining Psycholinguistics

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?



Language PerceptionEdit

Language and Other Human Cognitive ArtefactsEdit

Language OutputEdit

Language AcquisitionEdit

Language DisordersEdit