In Speaking, Willem "Pim" Levelt, Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, accomplishes the formidable task of covering the entire process of speech production, from constraints on conversational appropriateness to articulation and self-monitoring of speech. Speaking is unique in its balanced coverage of all major aspects of the production of speech, in the completeness of its treatment of the entire speech process, and in its strategy of exemplifying rather than formalizing theoretical issues.
"[Levelt] synthesizes the state of the art with remarkable breadth, depth, and clarity. In 500 pages of highly readable text and forty pages of bibliography, he integrates, as no one has done previously, many lines of research that have often been pursued in ignorance of one another... . An outstandingly instructive book."
—Dan Sperber, Times Literary Supplement
"A work of massive scholarship and authority."
—Brian Butterworth, Times Higher Education Supplement
"Required reading for anyone working in the field. "
—Joseph Paul Sternberger, Contemporary Psychology