Psycholinguistics

Gary D. Prideaux

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Broadly speaking, psycholinguistics deals with the cognitive processes and representations involved in language comprehension, production, and acquisition. As such, it calls upon both the theories and methodologies of the two disciplines of linguistics and psychology to address a variety of areas involved in language processing. In the 1950s, a number of experimental studies within what could be called the psychology of language were carried out, following the influential studies on chunking in memory carried out by Miller and his associates early on in the decade. Some of these studies focused on the importance of ‘sets’, i.e. discourse topics, for the understanding and memory retention of a text.

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