Apr. 17, 2013

Meet Jean Berko Gleason, a Founding Mom of Psycholinguistics

by The Secret Life of Scientists

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As a little girl, Jean Berko Gleason would annoy her parents by inventing gibberish. "Ugga da bugga. What does that mean?" she'd ask. "It must mean something in some language." While her words didn't translate, they did foreshadow Jean's future as one of the founding mothers of the field of psycholinguistics, which studies the way we acquire and use language. In the videos below, Jean describes her science in just 30 seconds, then uses her signature wit to answer 10 rapid-fire questions about her life. Learn more about Jean on her Secret Life homepage
 
30-Second Science

Watch Jean Berko Gleason: Psycholinguist on PBS. See more from Secret Life of Scientists.

10 Questions 

Watch Jean Berko Gleason: Psycholinguist on PBS. See more from Secret Life of Scientists.

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