The link between language and thought


  • Frank Zong University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Silzia Xia Zhen Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong


language acquisition, language change, language use, linguistic cognitive, psycholinguistics, psychomotor domain, spoken words


In essence, in communication activities, there is a process of producing and understanding speech. It can be said that psycholinguistics is the study of mental mechanisms that occur in people who use language, both when producing or understanding speech. In other words, in language use, there is a process of changing thoughts into codes and changing codes into thoughts. Speech is a synthesis of the process of converting concepts into code while understanding the message is the result of code analysis. Language as a form or result of a process and as something that is processed in the form of spoken or written language psycholinguistics is the study of humans as language users, namely the study of language systems that exist in humans who can explain how humans can capture other people's ideas and how they can express their ideas through language, either in writing or orally. Language skills that must be mastered by someone, this is related to language skills, namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


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How to Cite

Zong, F., & Zhen, S. X. (2021). The link between language and thought. Macrolinguistics and Microlinguistics, 2(1), 12–27. Retrieved from