Language and the Mind

By John Field

© 2004 – Routledge

160 pages

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About the Book

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.

Reviews

'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

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Language Workbooks

Routledge Language Workbooks provide absolute beginners with practical introductions to core areas of language study. Books in the series provide 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 Workbooks:

  • teach through 'hands-on' language analysis, exercises with answer keys
  • give a balanced insight into basic linguistic theory
  • apply basic analytical skills to a wide range of data
  • explain all technical concepts clearly and simply
  • are written by experienced teachers in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR000000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General