Inventing a psychology of language

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI:
Inventing a psychology of language

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This chapter takes a look at efforts to identify the origins of language. It studies research that was conducted on language from the Enlightenment until the romanticism period, and then identifies empirical evidence that emerged from historical and comparative linguistics. The next section considers challenge for historical linguists, which was the search for roots, or the hypothetical seeds of language's words. This chapter also discusses language origins in the context of Darwinian evolution and Heyman Steinthal's psychology of language that could explain the origins of language.

Keywords: origins of language; Enlightenment; romanticism; empirical evidence; comparative linguistics; historical linguistics; roots; Darwinian evolution; Heyman Steinthal

Chapter.  16022 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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