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The Psychology of Language, fourth edition: From Data to Theory

The Psychology of Language, fourth edition: From Data to Theory [Kindle Edition]

Trevor A. Harley
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"Thank goodness for Harley's textbook, The Psychology of Language! I have been recommending it to undergraduate students in my third year ‘Language and Cognition’ course ever since the first edition came out because it provides the ideal resource for accessing basic information about virtually every topic within the domain of psycholinguistics. With each new edition, the coverage becomes increasingly comprehensive and accessible and, while the growing popularity of neuroimaging is acknowledged, an appropriately cautious approach is taken to its contribution to our understanding of language processing. Whether such a stance will hold up in future years is an interesting question – and is the very question that Harley leaves us with." - Marcus Taft, University of New South Wales, Australia

"This excellent book provides a very good overview of topics and controversies and the most important models in the field of psycholinguistics. The breadth is impressive without becoming shallow; the text is engaging and comprehensible. Highly recommended." - Ken Ramshøj Christensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

"This edition of Trevor Harley’s introduction to psycholinguistics retains its broad coverage of the science of language, and infuses it with new material that enhances our appreciation of how contemporary tools and findings color the mix of evolving theory and experiment. Harley examines not just how language use can be studied, but what that study can be used for. It’s a timely synthesis, well executed and accessible." - Merrill Garrett, University of Arizona, USA

"Trevor Harley has yet again revised his very successful textbook on psycholinguistics in light of new research. The coverage of this work is quite remarkable and it constitutes the ideal resource for advanced undergraduate students, postgraduate students and researchers interested in the field. He extensively discusses theoretical developments and experimental studies that are leading to the transformation of this field of enquiry." - Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK

Praise for previous editions:

"It is comprehensive, covering all aspects of psycholinguistics ... As such it is an excellent companion to an undergraduate speech and language therapy degree course, interlinking modules of study into a cohesive whole. It would also be an accessible reference resource for practising therapists." - Kathy Jones-Williams, in Speech & Language Therapy in Practice

"I want this book for me, not just for my students. For the student, it's an exceptionally thorough, but lively, introduction to language use in a wider context. For me, it's a valuable reminder of psycholinguistics's evolution from its concerns with the psychological reality of grammar, to its current spot at the center of modern cognitive neuroscience." - Gary S. Dell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,USA

"Trevor Harley provides a systematic and lucid introduction to the scientific study of human language use. He traverses a complex range of topics from foundational theory and experiment to practical matters of pedagogy and pathology. It's a winning combination delivered with wit, balanced accuracy, and admirable directness of style." - Professor Merrill Garrett, Psychology Department, University of Arizona, USA

"Harley’s book offers an excellent means of enhancing our understanding of language. It provides a clear, comprehensive and thorough review of the current state of play in psycholinguistics, making it an ideal choice for advanced undergraduate and graduate students." - Annukka Lindell, University of Wales, Bangor, UK

"Harley has thoroughly revised his very successful textbook on psycholinguistics in light of new research. The coverage of this work is quite remarkable and it constitutes the ideal resource for advanced undergraduate students, postgraduate students and researchers interested in the field." - Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Now in full colour, this fully revised edition of the best-selling textbook provides an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to the psychology of language for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers. It contains everything the student needs to know about how we acquire, understand, produce, and store language.

Whilst maintaining both the structure of the previous editions and the emphasis on cognitive processing, this fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to include:

  • the latest research, including recent results from the fast-moving field of brain imaging and studies

  • updated coverage of key ideas and models

  • an expanded glossary

  • more real-life examples and illustrations.

The Psychology of Language, Fourth Edition is praised for describing complex ideas in a clear and approachable style, and assumes no prior knowledge other than a grounding in the basic concepts of cognitive psychology. It will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of cognition, psycholinguistics, or the psychology of language. It will also be useful for those on speech and language therapy courses.

The book is supported by a companion website featuring a range of helpful supplementary resources for both students and lecturers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6392 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
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  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 4 edition (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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I completed my undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge. I moved to the University of Dundee in 1996 from the University of Warwick. I hold a Personal Chair in Cognitive Psychology and am currently Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee. I am a Chartered Psychologist. You can find out more about me at my website: My main research interests are in normal and pathological speech production, the effects of ageing on cognition, and the science of self-improvement. I am author of a number of books on the psychology of language and a novel, Dirty old rascal. You can find out more about works in development at my website. I live in the countryside outside Dundee with a large number of tame blackbirds who have learnt to sit on my windowsill and tap the glass to attract my attention until I feed them sultanas (they prefer organic).

In addition to writing I'm a keen but very lazy photographer; you can find me on Flickr as precambrianman. You can read my blog about writing, psychology, consciousness raising, and being famous at I'm keen on music and would jump at the chance to present Breakfast on Radio 3.

I welcome feedback from readers, both positive and negative, and would love suggestions on how to make my work better. Please comment on the books on Amazon, or email me at I'd like to thank anyone who has ever bought any of my books; I hope you enjoyed reading them nearly as much as I've enjoyed writing them.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No better textbook 14 Mar 2009
By Jess
As an undergraduate I used Trevor Harley's first edition, as a postgraduate I used his second edition, and now as a lecturer I use his third edition. His book just gets better and better and my students love it too; finding it easy to read and understand. Harley takes the most abstract of concepts and theories and explains them in a way even your grandmother would understand. No other textbook explains psycholinguistics as well as this one. In my opinion, anyone that can make syntax interesting, as Trevor Harley does, deserves 5 stars! Without question, an excellent academic textbook and I am looking forward to his next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 July 2014
By Quinny
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Clear and helpful for my degree in Speech and Language Therapy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Jun 2014
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Very good book. Very informative and interesting. I got it for a class I am taking and am seeing its more and more interesting as I go along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Uni student approves 5 April 2014
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The delivery was fast and the book arrived undamaged, The product itself was required for my Psycholinguistics module at University. The structure of the book is very easy to follow, however it's not exactly what one might call a relaxing read. The detail this book has provided me with is invaluable and I would recommend it to any budding Pyscholinguist out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! :) 30 Oct 2013
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The book was received in very good packaging. I would recommend it to English language or psychology students interested in language. It is a bit technical though.
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