The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics / Edition 5

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics / Edition 5

by Jean Aitchison
     
 

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

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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.

The accompanying website to this book can be found at: www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415420228.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415420167
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the fourth edition
Introduction1
1The great automatic grammatizator: Need anything be innate?6
2Animals that try to talk: Is language restricted to humans?23
3Grandmama's teeth: Is there biological evidence for innate language capacity?47
4Predestinate grooves: Is there a pre-ordained language 'programme'?66
5A blueprint in the brain?: Could any grammatical information conceivably be innate?91
6Chattering children: Are children following 'rules' when they learn to speak?110
7Puzzling it out: Exactly how do children learn language?135
8Celestial unintelligibility: Why do linguists propose such bizarre grammars?165
9The white elephant problem: Do we need a grammar in order to speak?183
10The case of the missing fingerprint: How do we understand speech?199
11The Cheshire Cat's grin: How do we plan and produce speech?237
12Banker's clerk or hippopotamus?: The future260
Suggestions for further reading266
References272
Index297

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