At the time of his death Hans Hormann, then Professor of Psy chology at the Ruhr University, Bochum, West Germany, was pre paring an English language version of his Eirifilhrung in die Psycholinguistik. The goal of this book, in both the German and English editions, was to present in compact and readily accessi ble form the essentials of his approach to the psychology of lan guage. Basing his work upon the materials treated at length and in depth in two previous comprehensive and more technical works, Psycholinguistics: An Introduction to Research and Theo ry and To Mean-To Understand, Hormann had made a selection of themes and problems suitable for beginners and for those who wanted a convenient introduction to the specific framework with in which Hormann thought psycholinguistics was to be pursued. The result is a remarkably clear, succinct, and provocative account of central issues and options of the psychology of lan guage, that broad and not strictly delimited part of psychology that takes as its domain the multiform conditions, processes, and structures involved in the acqUisition, development, production, and grasp of linguistic meaning. Hormann's approach is admit tedly contentious and goes directly against a great deal of Anglo American psycholinguistics. In particular, it radically devalues the relevance of certain types of theoretical linguistics, prin Cipally, though not exclusively, Chomskyan, for the psychology of vii viii PREFACE language.