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The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

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Requiring no prior knowledge of the subject, this text tackles basic questions central to the study of psycholinguistics, such as whether language is restricted to humans, whether there is biological evidence for innate language activity, how children learn language, and how we understand, plan and produce language. The author investigates these issues with regard to anima ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published June 26th 1998 by Routledge (first published 1976)
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Sara
May 07, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics--language acquisition, speech production, comprehension. It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky's theories as well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories. There is a substantial and useful "further reading" section at the back of the book and an equally useful list of sources. I bought the Kindle version because it was more in line with my bank account than the print book, and its index is conveniently linked ...more
Rachael Johnson
Feb 02, 2014 Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university. It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject. I have often kept track of it and really wanted to fork out for my own up to date copy. Now that it has been significantly revised I've gone and purchased the latest version to check it out. I can't wait to read it again! It is so accessible and doesn't feel like a text at all. If you are at all into language then you will enjoy this. A great read.
Jazmin
Jan 28, 2014 Jazmin rated it it was amazing
I purchased this on my kindle, so I didn't realise it was a textbook at the time! It felt like reading a popular science novel. I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook.
Ashish Gourav
A must read for every psychology enthusiast. This is designed as an introductory exercise into psycholinguistics, deals more with language, parenting & scientific thinking. Obviously it isn't a swift read but would leave you an insightful person. So much for dinner-table conversations!!!
Rima Muryantina
Jan 08, 2011 Rima Muryantina rated it it was amazing
A very brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. It doesn't make me confused. It makes me even more curious.
Jenny
Jul 19, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. I would recommend this to people interested in having children, as it provides excellent insight into mental development in babies.
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I love this book so much, it got me so far with the brain not just with articulation, but with the way it thinks.
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Jean Aitchison is a Professor of Language and Communication in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

Her main areas of interest include:

Socio-historical linguistics
Language and mind
Language and the media
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