Paperback ´ The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics 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 animal communication, child language and the language of adults, and provides references and suggestions for further reading The book has been substantially revised, in particular taking account of the considerable changes in Chomsky s recent ideas As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten


About the Author: Jean Aitchison

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 linguisticsLanguage and mindLanguage and the media



10 thoughts on “The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

  1. Sara Sara says:

    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


  2. Jazmin Jazmin says:

    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.


  3. Hamid Hamid says:

    this books is a great introduction to the psychology of language the age old nurture versus nature controversy is outlined Is language a skill which humans learn, such as knitting Or is it natural phenomenon, such as walking or sexual activity Skinner s 1957 attempt to explain language as similar to the bar pressing a


  4. Aurélien Thomas Aurélien Thomas says:

    More in depth than what I had expected, which makes it evenfascinating Starting with defining and describing grammar, the author goes on to discuss what language in animals can teach us, heading then straight into how children acquire speech, and, finally, rounding it all up with a journey into neurosciences Talking animals,


  5. Rachael Johnson Rachael Johnson says:

    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 wa


  6. Ashish Gourav Ashish Gourav says:

    A must read for every psychology enthusiast This is designed as an introductory exercise into psycholinguistics, dealswith language, parenting scientific thinking Obviously it isn t a swift read but would leave you an insightful person So much for dinner table conversations A must read for every psychology enthusiast This is designed as a


  7. Rima Muryantina Rima Muryantina says:

    A very brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics It doesn t make me confused It makes me evencurious.


  8. Jenny Jenny says:

    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.


  9. Ariel Littlemermaid Ariel Littlemermaid says:

    Interesting book on Psycholinguistics and a classic book as well in this field, but some of the concepts therein are old or have been greatly elaborated For example, the fact that raising bilingual children results in them being able to fluently use both languages equally, has now been proven wrong the children may understand both languages, but they can spea


  10. Jamila Jamila says:

    This book is a really good and brief introduction to psycholinguistics In other words, it highlights the common links between psychology and linguistics.


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