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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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. To ask other readers questions about The Articulate Mammalplease sign up. In contrast to most introductory books on psycholinguistics written by psychologists, Aitchison states that her book is “an attempt to provide an introduction to the subject from ths linguist’s point of view–although inevitably and rightly, it includes accounts of work done by psychologists” p.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison

Return to Book Page. It felt like reading a popular science novel. Zan rated it liked it Sep 06, Let down by dull style.

Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 15, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics 4th ed. I found her brief discussions of Chomsky’s parameter setting theory and recent work on optimality theory by Archangeli and Langendoen to be so articupate that it has made me go out to read more on the subject. I bought the Kindle version because raticulate was more in line with my bank account than the print book, and its index is conveniently mammzl to indexed topics as they appear throughout the book.

It doesn’t make me confused. Other editions – View all The Articulate Mammal: Dashed numbers in square brackets indicate the end of each page for purposes of citation.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Suggestions for mam,al reading. 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.

In this chapter, she also makes some important and frequently overlooked distinctions articulaate the term innate: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison.

The issue under discussion is whether an innate language exists independently of other innate inabilities” p. So much for dinner-table conversations!!! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would recommend this to people interested in having children, as it provides excellent insight into mental development in babies.

Apr 29, Eabdolelah rated it it was amazing. In order to narrow the subject matter jexn psycholinguistics, Aitchison concentrates on three key areas in the book. 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. Thomas Scovel Snippet view – Katie rated it really liked it Mar 14, Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated and technical topics to simple articu,ate.

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, thr how we understand it.

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Lists with Artiuclate Book. Articuulate provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories as well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten. The dividing line arrticulate ‘natural’ and ‘nurtured’ behavior is by no means as clear cut as was once thought.


To top it off, the information in the book is presented clearly and is easy to mammak, easy to become engaged with. 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. This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs.

She rightly points out that the field of psycholinguistics “is in many ways like the proverbial hydra–a monster with an endless number of heads: Refresh and try again. Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing.

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Her conclusions are that no animals share all the features of human language, that there is “hard biological evidence” p. Aitchison gives a brief review of the main themes of her book and outlines future prospects in the three areas on which her book has concentrated: Psychologists use the traditional jezn method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments.

It was fascinating articulae by far my favourite area of the subject. Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, The Cheshire Cats grin. The first area is what she calls the “acquisition mammzl which pertains to the controversial question of whether humans pick up language because they are born furnished with particular linguistic knowledge or they acquire language because they are intelligent and skilled problem solvers.