Willem Levelt

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Willem Johannes Maria (Pim) Levelt (born 17 May 1938 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch psycholinguist. He is an influential researcher of human language acquisition and speech production. He developed a comprehensive theory of the cognitive processes involved in the act of speaking, including the significance of the "mental lexicon". Levelt was the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. He also served as president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.[1]


  • Formal Grammars in Linguistics and Psycholinguistics (1974)
  • Psycholinguistic Applications (1974)
  • Speaking: From Intention to Articulation (1993)
  • A History of Psycholinguistics: The Pre-Chomskyan Era (2012)
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