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Ascent of Babel: An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Understanding / Edition 1
     

Ascent of Babel: An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Understanding / Edition 1

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by Gerry T. M. Altmann
 

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ISBN-10: 0198523777

ISBN-13: 2900198523771

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

An engaging tour of how the mind creates and comprehends language ranges from language recognition in the human fetus to brain dysfunctions such as asphasia and dyslexia to the most recent experiments in artificial neural networks. A journey of discovery, THE ASCENT OF BABEL illuminates how, through the workings of the brain, we use language to reach out and touch

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An engaging tour of how the mind creates and comprehends language ranges from language recognition in the human fetus to brain dysfunctions such as asphasia and dyslexia to the most recent experiments in artificial neural networks. A journey of discovery, THE ASCENT OF BABEL illuminates how, through the workings of the brain, we use language to reach out and touch each other's minds. 304 pp.

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ISBN-13:
2900198523771
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

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Table of Contents

In the beginning
1. Looking towards Babel
2. Babies, birth, and language
3. Chinchillas do it too
4. Words, and what we learn to do with them
5. Organizing the dictionary
6. Words, and how we (eventually) find them
7. Time flies like an arrow
8. Who did what, and to whom?
9. On the meaning of meaning
10. Exercising the vocal organs
11. The written word
12. When it all goes wrong
13. Wiring-up a brain
14. The descent from Babel
Biblilography

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The Ascent of Babel: An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Understanding 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an Instructor in an introductory, undergraduate course in psycholinguistics, a more compelling and entertaining book, I could not find. The book is humorous and easy to read. It covers almost all the areas in the field and makes it easy to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I probably never would have picked this book from the shelf had it not been a required text in one of my college classes;however, Altmann adresses many fascinating points of psycholinguistics in such an eloquent flow of words. I think all who have language should read this book just to help realize what an extraordinary gift it truly is.