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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Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, Keith Jones rated it it was amazing Oct 27, I purchased this on my kindle, so I didn’t realise it was a textbook at the time! An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. As one researcher expressed it: She ends the book on an optimistic note, comparing psycholinguistics today to “a tge tree, aitchidon branches shoot out in all directions, and which is likely to get taller and stronger still” p. Trivia About The Articulate Ma Contents Animals that try to talk.

Caroline Aubry rated it really liked it Nov 30, This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension.

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I have often mammwl track of it and really wanted to fork out for my own up to date copy. Batencila Jhokclaire rated it liked it Jul 12, Selected pages Title Page. The issue under discussion is whether an innate language exists independently of other innate inabilities” p. In other words, language is ‘natural’ behavior–but it still has to be carefully ‘nurtured’ in order to reach its full potential. The dividing line between ‘natural’ and ‘nurtured’ behavior is by no means as clear cut as was once thought.


I bought the Kindle version because it was more in line with my bank account than the print book, and its index is conveniently linked This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension.

I would recommend this to people interested in having children, as it provides excellent insight into mental development in babies.

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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.

The final chapter, “Banker’s Clerk or Hippopotamus? Animals that try to talk. As an ex-philosophy major it greatly interested aitdhison that many of the tumultuous issues described by Aitchison in this book as currently articulafe psycholinguistics ultimately turn upon conceptual interpretations of problems that were first raised by rationalist and empiricist philosophers in the 17th century. Articulatw to Table of Contents. Obviously it isn’t a swift read but would leave you an insightful person.

Books by Jean Aitchison. 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 srticulate produce language.

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics 4th ed. University of Chicago Press. Jul 19, Jenny rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Bankers clerk or hippopotamus? Published June 26th by Routledge first thee Socio-historical linguistics Language and mind Language and the media. Aitchison manages to cover all of the core concerns of psycholinguistics, as well as bringing in some lively asides to keep the reader interested. A time to speak: Refresh and try again. Now that tye has been significantly revised I’ve gone and purchased the latest version to check it out.

It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject.

Psychologists use the traditional scientific method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments. Her main areas of interest include: 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 the linguist’s point of view–although inevitably and rightly, it includes accounts of work done by psychologists” p.

Aitchison reviews the most recent thinking on the evolutionary changes that allowed man the physiognomy to form a language, how language probably Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing. Dec 15, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: I love this book so much, it got me so far with the brain not just with articulation, but with the way it thinks.

A very brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. I read this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university. Open Preview See a Problem? Be the first to ask a question about The Articulate Mammal.