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The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics / Edition 5

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Overview

An established bestseller, The Articulate Mammal is a concise and highly readable introduction to the main topics in psycholinguistics. This fifth edition brings the book up to date with recent theories, including new material on: The possibility of a 'language gene', Post-Chomskyan ideas, Language within an evolutionary framework, Spatial cognition and how this affects language, How children become acclimatized to speech rhythms before birth, The acquisition of verbs, Construction and cognitive grammar, Aphasia and dementia.

Requiring no prior knowledge of the subject, chapter by chapter, The Articulate Mammal tackles the basic questions central to the study of psycholinguistics. Jean Aitchison investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language and the language of adults, and includes in the text full references and helpful suggestions for further reading.

About the Author:
Jean Aitchison is now an Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘An excellent and very welcome guide to psycholinguistics…highly recommended.’
The Washington Post
‘The reader’s curiosity about the complexities of the mother tongue is kept right to the end.’
The Times Educational Supplement
‘This is an excellent text which would give the undergraduate student as fine an introduction to the field of psycholinguistics as is available today.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415420167
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford from 1993 to 2003, and is now an Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language and gave the 1996 BBC Reith lectures on the topic of ‘The Language Web’.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the fourth edition
Introduction 1
1 The great automatic grammatizator: Need anything be innate? 6
2 Animals that try to talk: Is language restricted to humans? 23
3 Grandmama's teeth: Is there biological evidence for innate language capacity? 47
4 Predestinate grooves: Is there a pre-ordained language 'programme'? 66
5 A blueprint in the brain?: Could any grammatical information conceivably be innate? 91
6 Chattering children: Are children following 'rules' when they learn to speak? 110
7 Puzzling it out: Exactly how do children learn language? 135
8 Celestial unintelligibility: Why do linguists propose such bizarre grammars? 165
9 The white elephant problem: Do we need a grammar in order to speak? 183
10 The case of the missing fingerprint: How do we understand speech? 199
11 The Cheshire Cat's grin: How do we plan and produce speech? 237
12 Banker's clerk or hippopotamus?: The future 260
Suggestions for further reading 266
References 272
Index 297
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