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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.

The Role of the Reader in Text Interpretation
The role of the reader in text interpretation

The most important goal of reading research in the psychology of language is to understand the comprehension processes involved in the act of reading. Over the last twenty years there has been a considerable amount of reading research and the aim of this chapter is to provide a general overview of the key topics. Of course, psychology is not the only area researching reading and to ignore developments in areas such as literary criticism and literary theory would be a disservice to anyone with an interest in the topic. Concentrating solely on the reading process can also misrepresent the significance of the study of reading for the psycholinguistic analysis of ...

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