Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics / Edition 5

Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics / Edition 5

by Jean Aitchison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415420229

ISBN-13: 9780415420228

Pub. Date: 08/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415420228
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the first edition     vii
Preface to the fifth edition     ix
Introduction     1
The great automatic grammatizator: Need anything be innate?     7
Animals that try to talk: Is language restricted to humans?     24
Grandmama's teeth: Is there biological evidence for innate language capacity?     49
Predestinate grooves: Is there a pre-ordained language 'programme'?     70
A blueprint in the brain?: Could any linguistic information conceivably be innate?     96
Chattering children: How do children get started on learning to speak?     115
Puzzling it out: Exactly how do children learn language?     140
Celestial unintelligibility: Why do linguists propose such bizarre grammars?     170
The white elephant problem: Do we need a grammar in order to speak?     187
The case of the missing fingerprint: How do we understand speech?     205
The Cheshire Cat's grin: How do we plan and produce speech?     234
Banker's clerk or hippopotamus?: The future     257
Suggestions for further reading     263
References     269
Index     292

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