Willem Levelt

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, of which he has been member since 1978.[1][2]

Willem Johannes Maria Levelt
Oct 2014
Born (1938-05-17) 17 May 1938
EducationUniversiteit Leiden
Spouse(s)Elisabeth, C.M. Jacobs
ChildrenClaartje, Philip, Christiaan
Scientific career
ThesisOn Binocular Rivalry (1965)
Doctoral advisorJohannes Petrus van de Geer


  • An introduction to the theory of formal languages and automata (PDF). Formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics. 1. The Hague: Mouton. 1974.
  • Applications in linguistic theory (PDF). Formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics. 2. The Hague: Mouton. 1974.
  • Psycholinguistic applications (PDF). Formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics. 3. The Hague: Mouton. 1974.
  • Speaking: From Intention to Articulation. 1993.
  • A History of Psycholinguistics: The Pre-Chomskyan Era (PDF). 2012.
About Pim Levelt


  1. Enserink, Martin, Final Report: Stapel Affair Points to Bigger Problems in Social Psychology, Science, 28 November 2012
  2. "Pim Levelt". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.

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