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Reference Resources for Psycholinguistics

Psycholinguistics combines methods and theories from psychology and linguistics. It attempts to evaluate the psychological reality and underpinnings of linguistic rules and processes. It also seeks to link word and sentence processing to the deeper expressive processes of message construction and interpretation. Modern psycholinguistic theories emphasize the ways in which distinct areas of the brain interact in a dynamic incremental way to process language. (From the entry for Psycholinguistics by Brian MacWhinney in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed.)

New Books on Psycholinguistics at UBC Library

Library Subject Headings

UBC Library, like most academic libraries, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Books on Psycholinguistics can be found in the UBC Library catalogue under these Subject Headings:

Use the subdivision "Psychological aspects" following the name of a language. For example:

Psycholinguistics: Key Journals

Psycholinguistics cover page

Applied Psycholinguistics publishes original research papers on the psychological processes in language. It examines language development, language use and language disorders in adults and children, with a particular emphasis on cross-language studies. The journal brings together the best work from a variety of disciplines including linguistics, psychology, reading, education, language learning, speech and hearing, and neurology.

Bilingualism: Language and Cognition cover page

Bilingualism: Language and Cognition is an international peer-reviewed journal focusing on bilingualism from a linguistic, psycholinguistic and neuroscientific perspective. The aims of the journal are to promote research on the bilingual and multilingual person, and to encourage debate in the field. Areas covered include: bilingual language competence, bilingual language processing, bilingual language acquisition in children and adults, bimodal bilingualism, neurolinguistics of bilingualism in normal and brain-damaged individuals, computational modelling of bilingual language competence and performance, and the study of cognitive functions in bilinguals.

Cognitive Linguistics cover page

Cognitive Linguistics presents a forum for linguistic research of all kinds on the interaction between language and cognition. The journal focuses on language as an instrument for organizing, processing and conveying information. Cognitive Linguistics is a peer-reviewed journal of international scope and seeks to publish only works that represent a significant advancement to the theory or methods of cognitive linguistics, or that present an unknown or understudied phenomenon.

Journal of memory and language cover page

Articles in the Journal of Memory and Language contribute to the formulation of scientific issues and theories in the broad areas of memory and language (learning, comprehension and production). The journal's focus is on describing the mental processes that underpin these capacities. Special emphasis is given to research articles that provide new theoretical insights based on a carefully laid empirical foundation. 

Mind & Language brings together research done in linguistics, philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, cognitive anthropology and cognitive archaeology in a genuinely interdisciplinary way. It is an important forum for sharing the results of investigation and for creating the conditions for a fusion of effort, thus making real progress towards a deeper and more far-reaching understanding of the phenomena of mind and language.