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The Oxford handbook of psycholinguistics / edited by M. Gareth Gaskell ; consulting editors, Gerry Altmann ... [et al.].
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.
xiii, 859 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Titles:
Handbook of psycholinguistics
Other Authors:
Gaskell, M. Gareth.

Altmann, Gerry.
0198568975 (hbk. : alk. paper)

9780198568971 (hbk. : alk. paper)


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Book BF455.X98
Book BF455.X98

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The ability to communicate through spoken and written language is one of the defining characteristics of the human race, yet it remains a deeply mysterious process. The young science of psycholinguistics attempts to uncover the mechanisms and representations underlying human language. Thisinterdisciplinary field has seen massive developments over the past decade, with a broad expansion of the research base, and the incorporation of new experimental techniques such as brain imaging and computational modelling. The result is that real progress is being made in the understanding of thekey components of language in the mind. The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics brings together the views of 75 leading researchers in psycholinguistics to provide a comprehensive and authoritative review of the current state of the art in psycholinguistics. With almost 50 chapters written by experts in the field, the range and depth ofcoverage is unequalled. The contributors are eminent in a wide range of fields, including psychology, linguistics, human memory, cognitive neuroscience, bilingualism, genetics, development and neuropsychology. Their contributions are organised into six themed sections, covering word recognition, themental lexicon, comprehension and discourse, language production, language development, and perspectives on psycholinguistics. The breadth of coverage, coupled with the accessibility of the short chapter format should make the handbook essential reading for both students and researchers in the fields of psychology, linguistics and neuroscience.

Author Notes

Gareth Gaskell is a Reader in Psychology at the University of York, UK. His research in psycholinguistics has largely focused on speech perception, spoken word recognition, connectionist modelling and vocabulary acquisition.

Table of Contents

Part I Word Recognition
1 Representations and representational specficity in speech perception and spoken word recognition
2 Audiovisual speech perception and word recogniton
3 Eight questions about spoken word recognition
4 Statistical and connnectionist models of speech perception and word recognition
5 Visual word recognition
6 Eye movements and visual word recogntion
7 Speech and spelling interaction: the interdependence of visual and auditory word recognition
8 Brain processes of word recognition as revealed by neurophysiological
9 Word recognition in aphasia
Part II The Mental Lexicon
10 Representation and processing of lexically ambiguous words
11 Morphological processes in language comprehension
12 Semantic representation
13 Conceptual structure
14 Connectionist models of reading
15 The mulitlingual lexicon
16 The biocognition of the mental lexicon
Part III Comprehension and Discourse
17 Syntactic parsing
18 Spoken language comprehension: insights from eye movements
19 Eye movements and on-line comprehension processes
20 Inference processing in discourse comprehension
21 Language and action: creating sensible combinations of ideas
22 Bilingual sentence processing
23 Event-related brain potential (ERP) studies of sentence processing
24 Neuroimaging studies of sentence and discourse comprehension
25 Sentence level deficits in aphasia
Part IV Language Production
26 Alignment in dialogue
27 Grammatical encoding
28 Word form retrieval in language production
29 Speech production
30 The problem of speech patterns in time
31 Connectionist principles in theories of speech production
32 Cross-linguistic research on language production
33 Brain imaging studies of language production
34 Language production in aphasia
Part V Language Development
35 The perceptual foundations of phonological development
36 Statistical learning in infant language development
37 Word learning
38 Concept formation and language development: count nouns and object kinds
39 Learning to parse and its implications for language acquisition
40 Learning to read
41 Developmental dyslexia
42 Genetics of language disorders: clinical conditions, phenotypes and genes
Part VI Perspectives
43 The psycholinguistics of signed andspoken languages: how biology affects processing
44 Spoken language processing by machine
45 Relating structure and time in linguistics and psycholinguistics
46 Working memory and language
47 Language and mirror neurons
48 The evolution of language: a comparative perspective
49 Thinking across the boundaries: psycholinguistic perspectives