Masterclass: speech production and psycholinguistics

Posted on March 14, 2016 by



On Wednesday 20th April from 11am-1pm, Hilary Wynne (Oxford/Manchester) will be teaching a masterclass on speech production and psycholinguistics. The masterclass will take place in Stephen Joseph G4. It is aimed at PGRs, but all are welcome! Abstract and reading suggestions below.


This master class presents a detailed look at how we plan and produce language. Psycholinguistic models of language production agree that the production of speech involves a series of stages that prepare intermediate representations at each step: semantic representations are prepared during conceptualisation, grammatical representations during lexicalisation, and phonological representations during word-form encoding. The study of language production has its roots in a rich history of both psychological and linguistic theory. As a part of this discussion, we will look at how production modelling evolved out of eighteen and nineteenth-century diagrams designed to isolate specific speech impairments. We will also discuss how early analyses of speech errors have contributed to our current understanding of a multi-stage process of preparing spoken language. We will then turn to the twentieth-century production models, analyzing their weaknesses and strengths, with a special focus on the psycholinguistic evidence upon which they rely. As a part of this discussion, we will also consider how our current understanding of production modelling applies to bilingual or non-native speech planning.

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