The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics (4th ed.) Jean Aitchison () London: Routledge Pp. iii + ISBN (paper). Jean Aitchison. THE ARTICULATE MAMMAL: AN INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLINGUISTICS. New York: Universe Books, pp. (also available in. An established bestseller, The Articulate Mammal is a concise and highly readable introduction Jean Aitchison investigates these issues with regard to animal.

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Aitchison presents the positions of both camps, as well as what Chomsky has said about the matter. Chris Tang rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Chapter 1, “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” concerns one of the most contentious issues in psycholinguistics: If you are at all into language then you will enjoy this.

I would recommend this to people interested in having hean, as it provides excellent insight into mental development in babies. El rated it it was amazing Nov 20, The author investigates these issues with regard to anima 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.

Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aitichison differentiates between the psychological and linguistic approaches to psycholinguistics by their methodology. Oct 10, Aga rated it liked it. For example, I have been long interested in the topic of sex differences in the brain and the implications for language learning; in her chapter on the biological evidence for innate language capacity, Aitchison mentions that these differences might be explained by “variations that probably reflect different hormonal influences on developing brains” p.

Keith Jones rated it it was amazing Oct 27, It felt like reading a popular science novel. Jean Aitchison London: University of Chicago Press. In this chapter, she also makes some important and frequently overlooked distinctions about the term innate: I mammxl this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university. My mamal Help Advanced Book Search. I love this book so much, it got me so far with the brain not just with articulation, but with the way it thinks.


It doesn’t make me confused. The next four chapters, “Animals that Try to Talk,””Grandmama’s Teeth,” “Predestinate Grooves,” and “A Blueprint in the Brain,” explore in detail how humans are pre-programmed for language.

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An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. The final chapter, “Banker’s Clerk or Hippopotamus?

Caroline Aubry rated it really liked it Nov 30, I purchased this on my kindle, so Mamml didn’t realise articylate was a textbook at the time! Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, Let aitcchison by dull style. Batencila Jhokclaire rated it liked it Jul 12, Bankers clerk or hippopotamus? A must read for every psychology enthusiast. Dashed numbers in square brackets indicate the end of each page for purposes of citation. The first area is what she calls the “acquisition problem,” which pertains to the controversial question of whether humans pick up language because they aithison born furnished with particular linguistic knowledge or they acquire language because they are intelligent and skilled problem solvers.

Chapters 10 and 11, “The Case of the Missing Fingerprint,” and “The Cheshire Cat’s Grin,” discuss the extremely complex subject of speech, how humans plan and produce it, and how we understand it.

Jan 08, Rima Muryantina rated it it was amazing. The author investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language and the language of adults, and provides references and suggestions for further reading. An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison.


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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs. Account Options Sign in. Dec 15, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing. 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 This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension.

As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten. Apr 29, Eabdolelah rated it it was amazing. Other editions – Aeticulate all The Xitchison Mammal: As an ex-philosophy major it greatly interested me that many of the articullate issues described by Aitchison in this book as currently engaging psycholinguistics ultimately turn upon conceptual interpretations of problems that were first raised by rationalist and empiricist philosophers in the 17th century.

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The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison

A pleasurable and elementary primer on etymology. Her story in chapter 8 about Jupiter’s stick insects is a bit forced, but it does accomplish its purpose of explaining precisely why Chomsky changed his position mamkal transformational grammar.

Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. Kivilcim rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Yuli Scheidt rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated artiiculate technical topics to simple sentences.

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