The ability to communicate quickly and flexibly through both spoken and written language is one of the defining characteristics of the human race. Yet it remains a mysterious process. The science of psycholinguistics attempts to uncover the mechanisms and representations underlying human language. This interdisciplinary field has seen massive developments over the last decades, with a broad expansion of the research base, and the incorporation of new experimental
techniques such as brain imaging and computational modelling. The result is that real progress is being made in the understanding of the key components of language in the mind.
This new and expanded edition of The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics brings together the views of over 80 experts in various domains of psycholinguistic research, offering a comprehensive and authoritative review of the field. With contributions from the fields of psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, attention, genetics, development, and neuropsychology divided into five themed sections, this new edition of The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics is
unparalleled in its breadth of coverage.
The comprehensive nature of this book coupled with the accessibility of the short chapter format makes this handbook essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of psychology, linguistics and neuroscience.
Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of York, UK. Her research in psycholinguistics has largely focused on understanding the role of the social world in language comprehension, the neural correlates of language comprehension, and bilingual language comprehension. Gareth Gaskell is a Professor of Psychology at The University of York, UK. His first degree was at Cambridge University, and he was awarded a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London. Prof. Gaskell has strong interests in both psycholinguistics and memory, with a particular focus on the interface between the two. He has developed a model of spoken-word recognition, and has studied written and spoken language perception and production across a wide range of languages. More recently he has explored the involvement of sleep in the process of learning and consolidating linguistic knowledge in adults and children.