The Problematic

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
  • Sabine Kowal
Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)

Chapter Prospectus

Chapter 1, The Problematic, sets forth the state of the question. For the most part, our research has developed over the years as a critique of mainstream psycholinguistics. Mainstream psycholinguistics has engaged primarily written discourse, has based its limited engagement of spoken discourse on a written language bias, has accepted the autonomy of language throughout the entire realm of discourse, has not taken into account the communicative context of language use, and has largely neglected the research of its own historical precursors. Spontaneous spoken discourse (i.e., genuinely meaningful use of spoken language among human beings for purposes of communication) is looked upon in such a tradition as deficient in comparison with written discourse. In the present book, spontaneous spoken discourse is considered to be lawfully structured in its own right, and therefore eligible for the premier research role in language use insofar as it is the universal,...


Oral Language Linguistic Theory Language System Generative Grammar Ideal Speaker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
    • 1
  • Sabine Kowal
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Technische Universität Institut für Sprache und KommunikationGermany

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