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Overview

This wide-ranging introduction to the psychology of human language use offers a new breadth of approach by breaching conventional disciplinary boundaries with examples and perspectives drawn from many subdisciplines - cognitive and social psychology, psycholinguistics, neuropsychology and sociology. After an exploration of the diverse nature of communication, using examples throughout the animal kingdom, the authors focus on the range of human communicative channels, the nature of human language and the variations occurring between and within societies and cultures. Subsequent chapters cover speech production as a psycholinguistic skill; the coordination of verbal and non-verbal channels; the structure and management of conversations; language perception and comprehension; the cognitive neuropsychology of language, and the development of communicative skills. The book also presents an informative and entertaining historical perspective, and illustrates the fact that insights gained into controversial problems in other fields and at other times can shed light on many of today's most contentious debates in psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A good text for a junior or senior level language and communication course. The volume's breadth might also make it expecially useful for a senior seminar or introductory graduate course focusing on the role of the individual in the communication process." --Howard E. Sypher, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

"Ellis and Beattie's Psychology of Language and Communication provides a very good review of theories, concepts, and research from linguistics and applied linguistics for advanced students with little previous background in these fields. The authors' attention to aspects of communication, including nonverbal behavior, in relation to language behavior, makes the book especially attractive for communication students. Ellie and Beattie write with wit and clarity, qualities not always so evident in a book of this scope. And their perspective from the U.K. is refreshing." --John Condon, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

"A highly readable and informative discussion that brings together a wide range of empirical work not previously discussed in a single volume. I look forward to using it in my own teaching." --John Gumperz, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

"The first excellent text on communication theory in the past decade." --Roger Wescott, Ph.D., Drew University

"I decided to use the text for my graduate seminar in psycholinguistics....It was very successful. The students found the book informative and a pleasure to read. I was impressed with the way the authors managed to provide necessary background in linguistics and the social sciences without overwhelming the reader with the jargon of different disciplines....The authors emphasize production as well as comprehension of language." --Barbara R. Foorman, Ph.D., University of Houston

"This lively and lucid text combines the breadth of coverage with depth of analysis in a format this is both novel and engaging. It has the advantage of providing a sound historical perspective while retaining a vivid sense of the field's cutting edge. Unusual for works of this kind, it also maintains a balance between social and psychological viewpoints in its exploration of linguistic and communicative issues. Relatively jargon-free, but thoroughly scholarly in its approach, this book would serve as an excellent introductory text for courses in linguistics, communication, or any synthesis of the two." --Clifford Alden Hill, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898620467
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/18/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Ellis and Geoffrey Beattie are lecturers in psychology at the Universities of Lancaster and Sheffield respectively. Both the authors have contributed numerous articles to scientific journals and they are both recipients of the British Psychological Society's prestigious Spearman Medal for published psychological work of outstanding merit: Andrew Ellis gained the award in 1982 for his study of cognitive and neuropsychological aspects of language, and Geoffrey Beattie received it in 1984 for his work in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.
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Table of Contents

Preface. The Nature of Communication. Channels of Human Communication. Kinesic Channels of Human Communication. The Language Channel. Linguistic Diversity: Babel and Beyond. Variation Within a Language. The Psycholinguistics of Speaking. The Stream of Behaviour: Co-ordinating Verbal and Non-verbal Channels. Conversation as Co-operative Interaction. Conversational Structure. Writing. Language Reception: Recognizing Spoken and Written Words. Language Comprehension and Memory. The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language and Communication. The Development of Language and Communication.

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