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A History of PsycholinguisticsThe Pre-Chomskyan Era$
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Willem Levelt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.001.0001

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(p.3) Chapter 1 1951
A History of Psycholinguistics

Willem J.M. Levelt

Oxford University Press

Psycholinguistics is a discipline that was said to have emerged in 1951, which was also the time when three notable events occurred. This chapter discusses these three landmark events that greatly contributed to psycholinguistics. The first was the Interdisciplinary Summer Seminar in Psychology and Linguistics, which was held from June 18 to August 10, 1951, at Cornell University. The seminar identified the possible relationships between linguistics and psychology, and made several recommendations for psycholinguistics. The second event was the publication of Language and communication by George Miller, which reviewed the state of the psychology of language and communication and included empirical literature that covered fifty years' worth of research. Finally, the third event discussed in this chapter is Karl Lashley's paper ‘The problem of serial order in behavior,’ in which he appealed for a more syntactic approach to the treatment of all skilled hierarchical behavior. The final section of the chapter briefly discusses other milestones that occurred in 1951.

Keywords:   psycholinguistics, landmark events, 1951, linguistics, psychology, Language and communication, George Miller, Karl Lashley, skilled hierarchical behavior, syntactic approach

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