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The Psychology of Linguistic Knowledge

  • Jane W. Torrey
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Abstract

In most areas of psychology, methodological decisions are made on the basis of psychological theory. Appropriate units of analysis, causal factors, and types of data are suggested or limited by the theoretical orientation of the researcher and data are selected or interpreted to fit that framework. In the psychology of language, however, more than in other areas, the data themselves have clear characteristics which limit the range of theoretical orientations that can be usefully employed. For example, in speech some units of analysis appropriate for scientific study, such as sentences, phrases, words, and phonemes, are quite easily discernible even to the layman.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane W. Torrey
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyConnecticut CollegeNew LondonUSA

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