psycholinguistics

noun

psy·​cho·​lin·​guis·​tics ˌsī-kō-liŋ-ˈgwi-stiks How to pronounce psycholinguistics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: the study of the mental faculties involved in the perception, production, and acquisition of language
psycholinguist noun
psycholinguistic adjective

Examples of psycholinguistics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But decades of research in psycholinguistics reveal that speech errors are rarely this incriminating. Julie Sedivy, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2012 The results supported the psycholinguistics hypothesis, with center-embedding presenting the greatest comprehension difficulty for readers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 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, 6 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psycholinguistics was in 1936

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“Psycholinguistics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psycholinguistics. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

psycholinguistics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
psy·​cho·​lin·​guis·​tics ˌsī-kō-liŋ-ˈgwis-tiks How to pronounce psycholinguistics (audio)
: the study of the mental faculties involved in the perception, production, and acquisition of language

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