Masters Thesis

A critical analysis of David McNeill's theory of language acquisition.

Psycho linguistics, as the term implies, is concerned with the integration of psychological and linguistic knowledge. Although the term had been used prior to the 1950s, the disciplines of psychology and linguistics were relatively autonomous until after the 1950s. The integra- tion of these 'two disciplines was facilitated by a seminar sponsored by the Social Science Research Council in 1953 and the publication of Osgood and Sebeok's report of this seminar in 1954. Since then, the field of psycho linguis- tics has grown and taken on a number of directions, e.g., experimental psycholinguistics, anthropological psycho- linguistics, social psycholinguistics.

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