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.
“No previous book on human speech has even tried to cover the fall domain from speaker as message formulator and participant in dialogue to speaker as monitor of his or her own articulations. Pim Levelt has not only attempted this herculean task but has actually succeeded in advancing an explicit model of speech production in its totality. Levelt's book stands as a landmark among current attempts to elaborate a mature science of language performance, a benchmark against which future research will be judged.”
—John C. Marshall, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
“Required reading for anyone working in the field.”
—Joseph Paul Sternberger, Contemporary Psychology