IntroductionPsycholinguistics or psychology of language is the study of the psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to acquire, use, comprehend and produce language. Initial forays into psycholinguistics were largely philosophical or educational schools of thought, due mainly to their location in departments other than applied sciences (e.g., cohesive data on how the human brain functioned). Modern research makes use of biology, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, and information science to study how the brain processes language, and less so the known processes of social sciences, human development, communication theories and infant development, among others. There are a number of subdisciplines with non-invasive techniques for studying the neurological workings of the brain; for example, neurolinguistics has become a field in its own right.
Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire the capacity to perceive and comprehend language, as well as to produce and use words and sentences to communicate. Language acquisition is one of the quintessential human traits, because non-humans do not communicate by using language. Language acquisition usually refers to first-language acquisition, which studies infants' acquisition of their native language. This is distinguished from second-language acquisition, which deals with the acquisition (in both children and adults) of additional languages.
Multilingualism is the use of two or more languages, either by an individual speaker or by a community of speakers. It is believed that multilingual speakers outnumber monolingual speakers in the world's population. Multilingualism is becoming a social phenomenon governed by the needs of globalization and cultural openness. Owing to the ease of access to information facilitated by the Internet, individuals' exposure to multiple languages is becoming increasingly frequent, thereby promoting a need to acquire additional languages. People who speak several languages are also called polyglots. Use of culture bound communicative strategies in multilinguals is in the focus. In code-switching they turn from one world picture, cognitive base and language models to another.
Since there is no readily available extant literature that synthesizes psycholinguistics, multilingualism, and language acquisition into one entity and examines how it influences human creativity as it pertains to various areas of human endeavor, this research project will be potentially ground-breaking for multiple areas.
The primary target audience for this proposed publication is academics in the humanities and social sciences. The secondary target audience is graduate students and practitioners involved in the same two fields who seek information on how psycholinguistics and multilingualism is applied in areas such as business, economics, psychology, and technology.
- Modern Theories of Multilingualism
- Language and Cognition
- Psycholinguistic Application of Human Activity in Various Spheres
- Speech Production
- Lexical Semantics
- Construction Integration Theory
- Neural Basis of Discourse Comprehension
- Psycholinguistic Theories of Anaophoric Reference
- Non-Literal Language Processing
- Acquisition of Morphological and Syntactic Knowledge
- Bilingualism and Executive Control
- The Neural Bases of Multilingualism
- Speech Perception and Production
- Sign Language Acquisition
- Left- and Right-Hemisphere Contributions to Production and Comprehension
- Oculomotor and Cognitive Control Theories of Reading
- Origins of Contemporary Psycholinguistics
- The Creativity of Human Language
- Language as Distinct from Speech, Thought, and Communication
- Gestalt Theory
- Inductive Learning
- Social Approach to Multilingualism
- Language Variation and Global Languages
- Problems with Mother Tongue Education
- Origins of Creativity
- Human Innovation
- The Creative Personality
- Biology and Creative Processes
- Cognitive Neuroscience and Creativity
- Group Creativity
- Multilingualism in International Business
Submission ProcedureResearchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 31, 2017. Authors will be notified by January 10, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 31, 2018, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are NO submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.
Proposal Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017
Full chapter Submission: January 31, 2018
Review Process: January 30 to March 15, 2018
Review Results to Chapter Authors: March 30, 2018
Revised Chapter Submission from Chapter Authors: April 30, 2018
Final Acceptance Notifications to Chapter Authors: May 15, 2018
Submission of Final Chapters to Editor: May 31, 2018