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ERIC Number: ED276316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Psycholinguistics and Language Learning: Some Reservations.
Meara, Paul
It is a good thing for the field of applied linguistics to adopt experimental methods of research where appropriate and to think more in terms of testable models of second language processing. However, there is a threat of psycholinguistics becoming the parent discipline, most likely temporary, of applied linguistics. This would be unwise for two reasons: (1) the bulk of the current work in psycholinguistics is in English, narrowly based, and difficult to generalize from; and (2) psycholinguistics is not asking the right questions about second language learning. To become allied with psycholinguistics would perpetuate applied linguistics' status as a second-level, dependent discipline lacking an intrinsically coherent intellectual framework. The profession must find its own priorities and become more self-confident and assertive about pursuing them. Three figures are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: In: Psycholinguistics and Foreign Language Learning. Papers from a conference (Stockholm, Sweden and Abo, Finland, October 25-26, 1982); see FL 016 291.