The psychology of language : from data to theory /

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Author / Creator: Harley, Trevor A.
Format: Book
Edition:Third edition.
Imprint: New York : Psychology Press, 2008.
Retention:Retained for Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST)
Online Access:Table of contents only

The Psychology of Language is a thorough revision and update of the popular second edition. It contains everything the student needs to know about the psychology of language, including how we acquire, understand, produce, and store language. The third edition contains new chapters on how children learn to read, and how language is used in everyday settings. It also describes recent research on the impact of new techniques of brain imaging.

The text is comprehensive and written in a lively and accessible style. It covers all the main topics in this complex field, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and listening in both adult and child language. There is an emphasis on language processing as well as language production and coverage of the social basis of language. The text covers recent connectionist models of language, describing complex ideas in a clear and approachable manner. Following a strong developmental theme, the text describes how children acquire language (sometimes more than one), and also how they learn to read. The Psychology of Languagealso demonstrates how language is related to the brain and to other aspects of cognition.

The Psychology of Languageassumes no prior knowledge other than a grounding in the basic concepts of cognitive psychology. This third edition of this bestselling textbook will be essential reading for any student of cognition, psycholinguistics or the psychology of language. It will also be useful for those on speech and language therapy courses.

Physical Description:xvii, 602 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 501-573) and indexes.
Author Notes:

Trevor Harleycarried out his PhD work at the University of Cambridge on speech errors and what they tell us about how we plan language. He has been Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee since 2003. His research interests include speech production, how we represent meaning, and the effects of ageing on language.