A comprehensive textbook, Psychology of Language examines both the formal/structural aspects of linguistics and psycholinguistics and the concerns of sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, and social semiotics. In a clear and lively presentation, author Michael A. Forrester discusses three levels of communication: Thinking, the cognitive processes of self-communication; Talk, with an emphasis on everyday conversational behavior; Text, including the study of reading and writing
Within these areas, Forrester introduces a wide range of subjects, from language structure, semantics, and deixis to conversation, power relations in language, interpretation, and postmodern psychology.
Thorough and informative, Psychology of Language provides students of linguistics, sociolinguistics, rhetoric, and social psychology with a critical overview that integrates diverse themes.
Chapter 1: Introduction
It is difficult to imagine what life would be like without language. Even if we could visualise such a state of affairs, our imaginations and thoughts would themselves depend upon the language we are brought up with. For most of us, we think in the language we learn as children, and in some curious way it could be said that our thoughts are not truly ‘our own’. In other words, although each of us has a unique way of putting together the sounds we know in order to carry out the innumerable activities which depend on the use of language, we need to remind ourselves that the forms, structures, rules and parameters of that language exist before we are born. Using language in everyday ...