Epistemological and Psychological Factors in Metalinguistic Performance

Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 25)


In this chapter, metalinguistic performance is portrayed as a complex and contingent set of behaviors which defy simplistic assumptions and explanations. This chapter and the next emphasize an emerging consensus among scholars that thorough study of the psychological and epistemological intricacies of metalinguistic performance is necessary if we are to achieve an understanding of the linguistic knowledge it is often thought to reflect.


Psychological Factor Cognitive Control Control Dimension Linguistic Knowledge Linguistic Competence 
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  1. 23.
    For counterarguments, see Lewis (1981).Google Scholar
  2. 33.
    For recent attempts to explain such effects, see Barsalou (1987) and Lakoff (1987).Google Scholar
  3. 36.
    See Bolinger (1968) and McCawley (1985), as well as discussion in the next two chapters of the present volume.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Romance Languages and Program in LinguisticsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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