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Empirical studies of speech and language usage

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.003.0012
Empirical studies of speech and language usage

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This chapter studies the small number of growing developments in the central domain of adult psycholinguistics. It examines the limited work on speech errors, delayed speech, and articulation, as well as Burrhus Frederic Skinner's work on the ‘verbal summator’. It then reviews several empirical approaches to meaning, including phonetic symbolism and meaningfulness, and the verbal test materials used in the study of human learning and memory. This chapter also studies the use of language statistical tools, approaches to applied psycholinguistics, and tachistoscopy.

Keywords: adult psycholinguistics; speech errors; delayed speech; articulation; verbal summator; meaning; verbal test materials; language statistical tools; applied psycholinguistics; tachistoscopy

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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