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1st Edition

Language and the Mind

ISBN 9780415341868
Published June 5, 2005 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Routledge Language Workbooks provide absolute beginners with practical introductions to core areas of language study. Books in the series offer comprehensive coverage of the area as well as a basis for further investigation. Each Language Workbook guides the reader through the subject using 'hands-on' language analysis, equipping them with the basic analytical skills needed to handle a wide range of data. Written in a clear and simple style, with all technical concepts fully explained, Language Workbooks can be used for independent study or as part of a taught class.

Language and the Mind:

  • is an accessible introduction to the relationship between language and mental processes
  • covers core areas including language in the brain, language impairment, how language is acquired, how the mind stores vocabulary and how it deals with speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • draws on a variety of real-life material
  • employs a discovery approach that enables students to form conclusions for themselves
  • can be used to complement existing textbook material.

Table of Contents

1. Language and Mind: Introduction to Psycholinguistics  2. Language and Animals  3. Language and Evolution  4. Language and Brain  5. Language Disability  6. Storing Vocabulary  7. Using Vocabulary  8. Language and Memory  9. Language Processing  10. The Process of Writing  11. The Process of Reading  12. The Process of Speaking  13. The Process of Listening  14. The Process of Understanding

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John Field teaches, writes and researches on the psychology of language and on Second Language Acquisition. His previous publications include Psycholinguistics (Routledge, 2003) and Psycholinguistics: the key concepts (Routledge, 2004). He currently teaches at Birkbeck College, London and the University of Reading and is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is convenor of the psycholinguistics group within the British Association of Applied Linguistics.


'This book is a very useful text that introduces key concepts and findings in psycholinguistics. The text covers the core areas from biological aspects of language to language acquisition and language processing, and should encourage students to delve more deeply into all of these areas. I recommend it very highly.' Professor Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK