Psycholinguistics Study Guide
By: Annie A. Parmis
Department of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences (DLABS), VSU.
If you are into Facebook, you probably are so familiar with posts such as “Psychology says….”, “Did you know that….”, and the like. You may also be familiar with posts expressing rants, catharses, or evaluation on someone’s ‘attitude’, life’s intricacies, and relationship sentiments. Your newsfeed is also filled with posts on deaths, christening, birthdays, graduation, and more! Have you tried to take a pause and analyze the expressions? Do they have something to do with the matters of the heart and mind put into words? With that, we can regard them as under the realms of Psycholinguistics. First, we think of those expressions as something cognitive then let us go scientific with our thinking. Voila! It is now in cognitive science. Cognitive science is a highly interdisciplinary field of scientific study of the human mind and its structures, processes, and complexities. Psycholinguistics is a part of cognitive science. It is the study of the sensorial and cerebral factors primarily concerned on how language is represented and processed in the brain that enable people to comprehend, produce, and acquire language. This Study Guide will tell you more about what is in store in Psycholinguistics. Psycholinguistics studies mainly cover language comprehension, language production, and language acquisition, along with some other topics and subjects that surround them. You will also get more information about memory, bilingualism and neurolinguistics. After studying Psycholinguistics, you will discover more and have a better grasp especially in knowing the difference between “free expression” and “expression under pressure”, as well as expressions under “just saying”.
About the Author
Annie A. Parmis finished her Bachelor of Arts in English (Linguistics — Cum Laude) at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City. She took her Master of Science in Language Teaching (MS-LT) at the Visayas State University (VSU), Baybay City, Leyte and her Doctor of Education in English Language Teaching (Ed.D.-ELT) at Cebu Normal University. She is also a recipient of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificates. Presently, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences (DLABS), VSU. She teaches English and Literature courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs.