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psycholinguistics

Syllabification: psy·cho·lin·guis·tics
Pronunciation: /ˌsīkōliNGˈɡwistiks
 
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Definition of psycholinguistics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study of the relationships between linguistic behavior and psychological processes, including the process of language acquisition.
Example sentences
  • There are few, too few, working linguists who have a good command of the various subdisciplines of the field, such as psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, theory of grammar, etc.
  • His research interests include developmental psycholinguistics, psychology of language, and developmental psychology.
  • Miller, an APA president in 1969, has been an innovator in the study of language and cognition, helping to establish psycholinguistics as an independent field of research in psychology.

Derivatives

psycholinguist

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈliNGɡwist/
noun
Example sentences
  • I described a controversy among psycholinguists about where linguistic quasiregularity comes from, and Mark took me to task for leaving out some key points.
  • More important, there might be some real value in modeling the relative frequency across contexts of substitutions of this sort, just as psycholinguists have learned a lot from modeling corpora of speech errors such as spoonerisms.
  • I wonder if any psycholinguists have gotten involved in quantifying the degree to which particular names are ‘likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake’.

psycholinguistic

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Adequate understanding of linguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic factors was considered essential in developing a coherent heritage language education policy.
  • A psycholinguistic model of vocabulary acquisition in a second language in instructional settings is outlined in this paper.
  • Worse still, there is no conceivable theoretical justification for the ‘levels’ presented, and none has any meaningful connection with linguistic and psycholinguistic research on language development.

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