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1st Edition

A Resource Book for Students

ISBN 9780415276009
Published March 21, 2003 by Routledge
256 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.
Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

  • is a comprehensive introduction to psycholinguistic theory
  • covers the core areas of psycholinguistics: language as a human attribute, language and the brain, vocabulary storage and use, language and memory, the four skills (writing, reading, listening, speaking), comprehension, language impairment and deprivation
  • draws on a range of real texts, data and examples, including a Radio Four interview, an essay written by a deaf writer, and the transcript of a therapy session addressing stuttering
  • provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline, including Jean Aitchison, Terrence Deacon, Robert Logie, Willem Levelt and Dorothy Bishop.

Written by an experienced teacher, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language, linguistics and psychology.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: key concepts in Pyscholinguistics  2. Development: data  3. Exploration: analysis and reflection  4. Extension: Psycholinguistic readings. Material for activities.  Further reading. References. Glossary.

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John Field lectures and writes on psychological processes in language. He currently teaches at Kings College, London, UK.


'For students new to the discipline, Psycholinguistics is a well-written and accessible introduction to the field.'

'The strength of the book is the guiding questions and the reading instructions provided in each section.  These guidelines serve as discerning strategies for beginners to approach psycholinguistics.' - Jyh Wee Sew, Linguistische Berichte

'This book succeeds admirably in making the complex and diverse field of psycholinguistics clear and accessible, guiding readers through basic concepts and issues and then engaging them in more focused critical reflection... An invaluable resource for students which will foster their interest in the subject.' - Ema Ushioda, University of Warwick, UK

'An excellent introduction to the complex and sometimes bewildering field of psycholinguistics, covering the central issues in a way that is both comprehensive and accessible. In short, the book fills a real gap, and I will certainly be using it on the course I teach.' - Sushie Dobbinson, York St John College, UK