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Language in Mind

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Second Edition

Julie Sedivy

Publication Date - 02 January 2019

ISBN: 9781605357058

672 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

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Provides a broad, introductory survey to psycholinguistics that will remain relevant to students whether they continue in the field or not.


Written by a professional writer and researcher, Julie Sedivy's Language in Mind, Second Edition provides an exceptionally accessible introduction to the challenging task of learning psycholinguistic research, theory, and application. Offering a research-based approach-supported by the new "Researchers at Work" feature which shows the process of conducting an experiment-Language in Mind emphasizes not just what psycholinguists know, but how they've come to know it. To deepen the student's exposure to research and scientific thinking, which is an important skill in follow-up courses, the text also includes a critical examination of primary literature and the debates in the field (supported by the in-text "Digging Deeper" feature; and online with Web Activities and "Language at Large" modules). To complete the study of psycholinguistics, the text establishes connections between theory and everyday phenomena (supported by Boxes and "Questions to Contemplate" features). A robust 4-color illustration program distinguishes this book from others, and further explains and illustrates challenging material.

New to this Edition

  • Researchers at Work boxes guide students through the process of posing a research question, identifying and testing a hypothesis, interpreting the results, and identifying questions for further research.
  • Questions to Contemplate prompt students to synthesize the main concepts, arguments, and evidence from each section.
  • A new chapter on Speech Perception focuses on adult processing of sounds while the Learning Sound Patterns chapter is revised to exclusively address language development themes.


  • 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.

About the Author(s)

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

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

    Literature Cited
    Author Index
    Subject Index