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LUCL Colloquium - Pim Levelt (MPI Nijmegen)

  • Pim Levelt
vrijdag 11 december 2015
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Sleeping Beauties. What had to be Reinvented in Psycholinguistics

Empirical psycholinguistics can pride itself on a rich, though largely forgotten history, which goes back to the end of the eighteenth century. In this lecture I will review a number of Sleeping Beauties in linguistics and psycholinguistics: discoveries, tools, and theories that reawakened in modern psycholinguistics, after long periods of somnolence. I came across them when writing A History of Psycholinguistics (2013, 2014). Among them are Steinthal's theory of consciousness, Exner's cohort theory, Cattell's mental chronometry, Meringer's speech error based production theory, Wundt's phrase structure diagrams and sign language grammar, and Bagley's incremental theory of word and sentence comprehension. Finally, I will consider why all this brilliant work went into oblivion and raise the question whether our modern science is immune to wicked fairies? 

Registration required

Please register for this colloquium at lucl_colloquium@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Drinks afterwards in the common room (Van Wijkplaats 4, 2nd floor) 

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