Computational Psycholinguistics

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Language

  • Matthew W. Crocker

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


Computational Psycholinguistics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Language investigates the architecture and mechanisms which underlie the human capacity to process language. It is the first such study to integrate modern syntactic theory, cross-linguistic psychological evidence, and modern computational techniques in constructing a model of the human sentence processing mechanism.
The monograph follows the rationalist tradition, arguing the central role of modularity and universal grammar in a theory of human linguistic performance. It refines the notion of `modularity of mind', and presents a distributed model of syntactic processing which consists of modules aligned with the various informational `types' associated with modern linguistic theories. By considering psycholinguistic evidence from a range of languages, a small number of processing principles are motivated and are demonstrated to hold universally. It is also argued that the behavior of modules, and the strategies operative within them, can be derived from an overarching `Principle of Incremental Comprehension'.
Audience: The book is recommended to all linguists, psycholinguists, computational linguists, and others interested in a unified and interdisciplinary study of the human language faculty.


Index behavior grammar linguistics psycholinguistics subject syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew W. Crocker
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  1. 1.Centre for Cognitive ScienceUniversity of EdinburghScotland, UK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-3806-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1600-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
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