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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.

Deixis: The Interface between Language and Social Interaction
Deixis: The interface between language and social interaction

Clarifying what might be called ‘in the head’ approaches to the psychology of language can serve as a useful introduction to the study of deictic terms – particular forms of language which, in a sense, bridge the gap between language concerns focused on thinking and those converging on talk. We have been concerned so far with topics close to the interests of cognitive psychologists and experimental psycholinguists. Compositional theories of language comprehension such as Chomsky's (1957) transformational grammar rest on explanatory accounts of mind and thinking which predicate the significance of the ‘logocentric’ subject. Similarly, theories of semantics (meaning) are in the main concerned with the nature of abstract entities ...

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