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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.

Postmodern Psychology and Language: Discourse Analysis and Social Psychology
Postmodern psychology and language: Discourse analysis and social psychology

We have now covered a range of topics on language of relevance to the psychologist interested in communication processes and procedures. At the outset one aim in providing the alliterative ‘thinking–talk–text’ theme was to emphasise the distinction between language as a structure, which lends itself to formal analysis, and the process of communication, i.e. all those sign-producing behaviours which are of particular interest to the psycholinguist. Communicating can clearly take many forms (verbal and non-verbal) and it is important for the student of language to recognise various distinctions between communication and language. There is little to be gained from the study of Chomsky's work if you are interested ...

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