psycholinguistics

[ 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

Related forms

psy·cho·lin·guist, nounpsy·cho·lin·guis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psycholinguistics

psycholinguistics

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊlɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks) /

noun

(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

psycholinguist, nounpsycholinguistic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for psycholinguistics

psycholinguistics

[ sī′kō-lĭng-gwĭstĭks ]

n.

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

Related forms

psy′cho•lin•guistic adj.
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