Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a 6.00 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Psychology of Language [Paperback]

Paul Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: 55.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 11 July? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Trade In this Item for up to 6.00
Trade in The Psychology of Language for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 6.00, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

3 Jan 1998 0395757509 978-0395757505
Written in a lively, accessible style, The Psychology of Language presents a compelling focus on the relationship between language and human cognition. Each chapter offers a strong central theme, presented as a hypothesis for the student to consider. The text's three-part organization (Linguistics, Cognition, and Neuroscience), reflecting Marr's three levels of analysis (computational, representational, and implementational), helps the reader relate the material to larger issues.

Frequently Bought Together

The Psychology of Language + Animal Learning and Cognition, 3rd Edition: An Introduction + The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory
Price For All Three: 127.80

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (3 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395757509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395757505
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 19.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


Note: Each chapter includes Key Terms, Review Questions, and On Further Reflection. Unit 1: Language and Its Functions 1. The Nature of Language Language Origins, Human Origins Comparing Human and Nonhuman Communication A Look Ahead: The Study of Psycholinguistics Levels of Analysis and the Plan Behind This Book Conclusions: Is Language a Uniquely Human Ability? 2. What Language Users Must Know Overview: Two Linguistic Problems Phonology and Productivity Morphology and Productivity Syntax and Productivity The Problem of Meaning Conclusions: What a Language User Needs to Know 3. Language in Relation to Other Cognitive Processes A Historical View of Language and Cognition Memory, Language, and Reasoning: Beyond the Multistore Model How Should the Study of the Brain Influence the Study of the Mind? Conclusions: The Independence of Language 4. Theories of the Language-Thought Relationship The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Cultural Variations in Thought and Language Within-Language Studies of Linguistic Determinism Conclusions: The Interdependence of Thought and Language Unit 1 Reprise: What Must the Psychology of Language Explain? Unit 2: Models of Language Processing 5. The Recognition of Spoken Words The Nature of the Speech Signal From the Speech Signal to Word Recognition Models of Spoken Word Recognition Conclusions: How Special Is Speech? 6. Visual Word Recognition The Nature of the Stimulus What Components of Written Words Are Used to Recognize Them? Variables That Influence Visual Word Recognition Models of Visual Word Recognition Dyslexia and Word Recognition Conclusions: Toward a Consensus on Word Recognition 7. Sentence Processing How Can We Study Sentence Processing? Ambiguity and the Question of Modularity Beyond the Modularity Debate: New Evidence Beyond Literal Meaning Conclusions: The Interrelations Among Language Processes 8. Understanding and Remembering Discourse Forming Connections in Discourse: Local and Global Coherence Memory for Discourse: The Products of Comprehension Individual Differences in Discourse Comprehension Conclusions: The Limits of the "Language Is Special" View 9. Language Production and Conversation Speech Production and Speech Errors Speech Production in Its Social Context: Conversation The Production of Written Language Conclusions: Language Production and Modular Organization Unit 2 Reprise: What Are the Common Elements Among Different Models of Language Processing? Unit 3: Language and the Brain 10. Language Acquisition: Biological Foundations How Can We Study Language Acquisition? Milestones of Language Acquisition A Test Case for Innate Foundations: Overregularization Conclusions: What's in the Foundation? 11. Language Acquisition in Special Circumstances The Effects of Atypical Environments on Acquisition The Dissociation of Language and Cognition in Acquisition Conclusions: The Nativist Hypothesis and Language 12. Language and the Localization of Function Aphasia Studies in Historical Perspective: The Classic Language Circuit Modern Methods Used to Study Localization of Function The Organization of Language Processes in the Brain Conclusions: What's Become of the Classic Language Circuit? Unit 3 Reprise: What Has the Psychology of Language Explained?

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 26 May 2011
In 2003 this was one of my undergraduate Psychology textbooks. Now I am a teacher of A Level psychology, it is a great reference text for this fascinating field of research. Back in 2003 I found it fundamental in preparing for my exams as I had seemingly learnt nothing from my lecturer who was not devoid of language, but certainly personality. In the two days prior to the exam I managed to read the majority of the textbook as revision and pass with flying colours. This is certainly a testament to the book's clarity!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 15 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
received in excellent condition at a greatly discounted price second hand. Worth every penny its a must have for any collection.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well balanced text 7 Mar 2007
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
I have used this text consistently for the past 4 years. Whitney does a good job at situating rather technical information in the context of general themes. Whitney tends to focus on psycholinguistics proper and presents little on how language is used (see Timothy Jay's Psychology of Language text in contrast). Unfortunately the text is getting somewhat out of date, as it has not been revised since the initial 1998 edition (whereas most texts in the field see a 3 to 4 year revision cycle). Still one of the best advanced undergraduate psycholinguistics text out there (see also David Carroll Psychology of Language).
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category