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Language in Mind

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Second Edition

Julie Sedivy

21 February 2019

ISBN: 9781605357058

672 pages

In Stock

Price: £142.99

Provides a broad, introductory survey to psycholinguistics that will remain relevant to students whether they continue in the field or not. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.



Language in Mind provides an exceptionally accessible introduction to the challenging task of learning psycholinguistic research, theory, and application.

  • Well-crafted prose presents the material in a plot-driven way that makes the text one that students (and instructors) want to read
  • A range of simple to in-depth "fieldwork" and in-class Web Activities and Projects (supported by materials on the book's Companion Website) encourages students to work with data, to notice patterns and generalizations, and to generate hypotheses
  • Special boxes (1) provide sample stimuli and key data, to assist students in reconstructing the logic of complex experiments and (2) address specific methods implemented by researchers
  • "Language at Large" text modules relate key concepts to fascinating examples pertinent to the world outside of academia-e.g., advertising, popular culture, the law. These modules reinforce newly-learned concepts and stimulate thinking about how abstract ideas can be applied to concrete questions

New to this edition

  • New "Researchers at Work" features show the process of conducting an experiment, emphasizing not just what psycholinguists know, but how they've come to know it

About the Author(s)

Julie Sedivy

Julie Sedivy combines a strong background in academic research and teaching with a keen interest in scientific and literary writing for non-academic audiences. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Rochester, where she was involved in pioneering research in the use of eye movement methods for studying spoken language comprehension. She held an academic appointment in the Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences at Brown University from 1997 to 2009, where she continued her interdisciplinary research program, and garnered consistently outstanding teaching reviews. She has published more than thirty articles and chapters and has served as Associate Editor for Linguistics and Philosophy, and as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. She currently holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Calgary and divides her time between research/teaching and writing. She is the lead author of the popular science book Sold on Language: How

Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You (John Wiley and Sons), and blogs regularly for outlets such as Discover Magazine and Language Log.

Table of Contents

    1:Science, Language, and the Science of Language
    2:Origins of Human Language
    3:Language and the Brain
    4:Learning Sound Patterns
    5:Learning Words
    6:Learning the Structure of Sentences
    7:Speech Perception
    8:Word Recognition
    9:Understanding Sentence Structure and Meaning
    10:Speaking: From Planning to Articulation
    11:Discourse and Inference
    12:The Social Side of Language
    13:Language Diversity


"It's by far the best textbook on this subject. Sedivy's research background and her skills as a science writer make a great combination." - Adele Goldberg, Princeton University "

"The clarity and depth of Sediy's chapters have helped decrease the time I feel I need to spend introducing and explaining concepts." - Zenzi Griffin, University of Texas, Austin "

"Sedivy's book strikes a really good balance in its articulate and intelligent presentation, its breadth of information, and cool graphics." - Ralf Thiede, University of North Carolina "