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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In this chapter, she also makes some important and frequently overlooked distinctions about the term innate: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison. Requiring no prior knowledge of the subject, this text tackles basic articulatte 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.
Bankers clerk or hippopotamus? The author investigates these issues with manmal 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 jjean innate language activity, how children learn language, and how we understand, plan and produce language.
This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs. Kivilcim rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Now that it has been significantly revised I’ve gone and purchased the latest version to check it out. Arcadia rated it it was tye Feb 01, In other words, language is ‘natural’ behavior–but it still has to be carefully ‘nurtured’ in order to reach its full potential.
A blueprint in the brain?
The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics
This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension. I found her brief discussions of Chomsky’s parameter setting theory and recent work on optimality theory by Archangeli and Langendoen to be so fascinating that it has made me go out to read more on the subject.
Feb 22, Jazmin rated it it was amazing. Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated and technical topics to simple sentences. Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, Jan 08, Rima Muryantina rated it it was amazing. Alix Rowe rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Oct 10, Aga rated it liked it.
Aitchison gives a brief review of the main themes of her book and outlines future prospects in the three areas articuoate which her book has concentrated: I read this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university. For more on Steven Pinker and his work, see: It doesn’t make me confused.
I have often kept track of it and really wanted to fork out for my own up to date copy. In chapters 6 and 7, “Chattering Children” and “Puzzling it Out,” Aitchison writes about a central matter in psycholinguistics, the problem of exactly how children learn language and why they progress so quickly while learning it.
Be the first to ask a question about The Articulate Mammal. It was a great intro.
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It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject. Aitchison presents the positions of both camps, as well as what Chomsky has said about the matter. 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. Want to Read saving….
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. It felt like reading a popular science novel. Chapter 10, “The White Elephant Problem,” describes “attempts by psycholinguists in the s and articulaate to test whether a transformational grammar was used in the comprehension and production of speech” p.
The final chapter, “Banker’s Clerk or Hippopotamus?