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A History of Psycholinguistics: The Pre-Chomskyan Era

Willem Levelt


How do we manage to speak and understand language? How do children acquire these skills and how does the brain support them? These psycholinguistic issues have been studied for more than two centuries. Though many Psycholinguists tend to consider their history as beginning with the Chomskyan ‘cognitive revolution’ of the late 1950s/1960s, the history of empirical psycholinguistics actually goes back to the end of the eighteenth century. This book tells the fascinating history of the doctors, pedagogues, linguists, and psychologists who created this discipline, looking at how they made their im ... More

Keywords: language, psycholinguistic issues, Chomsky, speaking, listening, origins of language, structuralism, behaviorism, aphasiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Willem Levelt, author
Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands