noun, plural in form but singular in construction
psy·​cho·​lin·​guis·​tics | \ ˌsī-kō-liŋ-ˈgwi-stiks How to pronounce psycholinguistics (audio) \

Definition of psycholinguistics

: the study of the mental faculties involved in the perception, production, and acquisition of language

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psycholinguist \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˈliŋ-​gwist How to pronounce psycholinguistics (audio) \ noun
psycholinguistic \ ˌsī-​kō-​liŋ-​ˈgwi-​stik How to pronounce psycholinguistics (audio) \ adjective

Examples of psycholinguistics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To illustrate the absurdity—and long history—of this notion, linguists often retell the ancient story of the Greek historian Herodotus, who in about the fifth century B.C. wrote about an ancient psycholinguistics experiment. Katherine D. Kinzler, Scientific American, "Were French People Born to Speak French?," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of psycholinguistics

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Psycholinguistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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noun plural but singular in construction
psy·​cho·​lin·​guis·​tics | \ ˌsī-kō-liŋ-ˈgwis-tiks How to pronounce psycholinguistics (audio) \

Medical Definition of psycholinguistics

: the study of the mental faculties involved in the perception, production, and acquisition of language

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