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The Articulate Mammal

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

By Jean Aitchison

Routledge – 2011 – 284 pages

Series: Routledge Classics

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    978-0-415-61018-6
    March 23rd 2011

Description

This Routledge Classics edition includes a new foreword by the author.

‘An excellent and very welcome guide to psycholinguistics…highly recommended.’

The Washington Post

A classic in its field for almost forty years, The Articulate Mammal is a brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. In lucid prose Jean Aitchison introduces and demystifies a complex and controversial subject: What is language and is it restricted to humans? How do children acquire language so quickly? Is language innate or learned? She explains the pioneering work of Noam Chomsky; how children become acclimatized to speech rhythms before birth; the acquisition of verbs; construction and cognitive grammar; and aphasia and dementia. She also considers new topics such as language and evolution and the possibility of a ‘language gene’, bringing the field right up to date.

Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford from 1993 to 2003, and is now an Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language and gave the 1996 BBC Reith lectures on the topic of ‘The Language Web’.

Reviews

‘An excellent and very welcome guide to psycholinguistics…highly recommended.’

The Washington Post

‘The reader’s curiosity about the complexities of the mother tongue is kept right to the end.’

The Times Educational Supplement

‘This is an excellent text which would give the undergraduate student as fine an introduction to the field of psycholinguistics as is available today.’

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Contents

Foreword to the Routledge Classics Edition Preface to the first edition. Preface to the fifth edition. Introduction 1.The great automatic grammatizator 2.Animals that try to talk 3.Grandmama’s teeth 4.Predestinate grooves 5.A blueprint in the brain? 6.Chattering children 7.Puzzling it out 8.Celestial unintelligibility 9.The white elephant problem 10.The case of the missing fingerprint 11.The Cheshire Cat’s grin 12.Banker’s clerk or hippopotamus? Suggestions for further reading References

Index

Author Bio

Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford from 1993 to 2003, and is now an Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language and gave the 1996 BBC Reith lectures on the topic of ‘The Language Web’.

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