[ sahy-koh-ling-gwis-tiks ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊ lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of the relationship between language and the cognitive or behavioral characteristics of those who use it.

Origin of psycholinguistics

First recorded in 1935–40; psycho- + linguistics

OTHER WORDS FROM psycholinguistics

psy·cho·lin·guist, nounpsy·cho·lin·guis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for psycholinguistics

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊlɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the psychology of language, including language acquisition by children, the mental processes underlying adult comprehension and production of speech, language disorders, etc

Derived forms of psycholinguistics

psycholinguist, nounpsycholinguistic, adjective
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Medical definitions for psycholinguistics

[ sī′kō-lĭng-gwĭstĭks ]


The study of the influence of psychological factors on the development, use, and interpretation of language.

Other words from psycholinguistics

psy′cho•lin•guistic adj.
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