Words, Meaning, and Messages - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483229447, 9781483276205

Words, Meaning, and Messages

1st Edition

Theory and Experiments in Psycholinguistics

Authors: Ragnar Rommetveit
eBook ISBN: 9781483276205
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1968
Page Count: 336
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out Price includes VAT/GST
15% off
15% off
15% off
Price includes VAT/GST
× DRM-Free

Easy - Download and start reading immediately. There’s no activation process to access eBooks; all eBooks are fully searchable, and enabled for copying, pasting, and printing.

Flexible - Read on multiple operating systems and devices. Easily read eBooks on smart phones, computers, or any eBook readers, including Kindle.

Open - Buy once, receive and download all available eBook formats, including PDF, EPUB, and Mobi (for Kindle).

Institutional Access

Secure Checkout

Personal information is secured with SSL technology.

Free Shipping

Free global shipping
No minimum order.


Words, Meaning, and Messages: Theory and Experiments in Psycholinguistics focuses on the advancements of approaches, methodologies, and theories in psycholinguistics.

The publication first elaborates on the studies of languages within a general science of signs and the search of psychological design features of natural languages. Discussions focus on characteristic features of sign processes, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of an artificial language, linguistic medium, and characteristic features of psychological inquiries. The text then takes a look at the word as a stimulus and response variable and word meanings, including interdependence among meaning components, associative word meaning, emotive meaning, and preliminary evidence for efferent mechanisms in word perception.

The book examines word meanings and nonlinguistic factors in message transmission; different psychological approaches to syntactic processes; and psychological inquiries into the semantic and pragmatic aspects of utterances. Topics include linguistic form and efficiency of message transmission; acquisition of grammar and the learning of word meanings; and word combinations, conditioning, and temporary modification of word meanings.

The manuscript is a valuable reference for researchers interested in the theories and experiments in psycholinguistics.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction


Part II: Scope and Perspectives of Psycholinguistic Inquiries

1. Studies of Languages within a General Science of Signs

2. In Search of Psychological Design Features of Natural Languages

Part III: Words and Word Meanings

1. The Word as a Stimulus and Response Variable

2. Word Meanings

Part IV: Predication: Inquiries into Linguistically Mediated Messages

1. Word Meanings and Nonlinguistic Factors in Message Transmission

2. Different Psychological Approaches to Syntactic Processes

3. Studies of Children's Grammar

4. Psychological Inquiries into Semantic and Pragmatic Aspects of Utterances

Part V: Epilogue



Author Index

Subject Index


No. of pages:
© Academic Press 1968
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:

About the Author

Ragnar Rommetveit

Ratings and Reviews