Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon

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This book deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the ones they want. In brief, it discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or 'mental lexicon', with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers. Since the first edition of this book was published, work on the lexicon has exploded. This is reflected in this new edition, which contains substantial additions. Two new chapters have been added, and others have been considerably ...
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Overview

This book deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the ones they want. In brief, it discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or 'mental lexicon', with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers. Since the first edition of this book was published, work on the lexicon has exploded. This is reflected in this new edition, which contains substantial additions. Two new chapters have been added, and others have been considerably expanded. No chapter remains unaltered, and over 300 new references have been added as notes and suggestions for further reading. The book remains accessible in style, easy to read for both undergraduates and non-specialists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631189213
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

Jean Aitchison is Emeritus Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language, including Language Change: Progress or Decay? (Third Edition, 2001), The Word Weavers: Newshounds and Wordsmiths (2007), Aitchison's Linguistics (Seventh Edition, 2010), and The Articulate Mammal (Routledge Classics Edition, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and symbols
1 Welcome to Dictionopolis!: The human word-store 3
2 Links in the Chain: Assessing the evidence 16
3 Programming Dumbella: Modelling the mental lexicon 29
4 Slippery Customers: Attempts to pin down the meaning of words 41
5 Bad Birds and Better Birds: Prototype theories 53
6 Whispering Chambers of the Imagination: Mental models 66
7 The Primordial Atomic Globule Hunt: The search for semantic primitives 75
8 Word-webs: Semantic networks 84
9 Lexical All-sorts: Parts of speech 102
10 Verb Power: The role of verbs 113
11 Bits of Words: The internal architecture of words 126
12 Taking Care of the Sounds: Dealing with the sound patterns 137
13 Drifting Words: Layering and meaning change 151
14 Interpreting Ice-cream Cones: Extending old words 162
15 Globbering Mattresses: Creating new words 174
16 What is a Bongaloo, Daddy?: How children learn the meaning of words 188
17 Aggergog Miggers, Wips and Gucks: How children cope with the sound structure of words 200
18 Seeking and Finding: Selecting words 215
19 Organized Guesswork: Recognizing words 227
20 Odd Arrangements and Funny Solutions: The organization of the mental lexicon 240
21 Last Word: Final comments and future questions 249
Notes 257
References 278
Index 307
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