The Articulate Mammal has ratings and 12 reviews. Sara said: This is a The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics Jean Aitchison. 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 Jean Aitchison investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child.

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For more on Steven Pinker and his work, see: Linguists test hypotheses mostly by checking them against instinctive utterances, and also generally believe that the methodology used by psychologists is at times too rigid and distorts results.

Paperbackpages. I found her brief discussions of Chomsky’s parameter setting theory and recent work on optimality theory by Archangeli and Langendoen to be so fascinating that it has made me go out to read more on the subject. Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, In contrast to most introductory books on psycholinguistics written by psychologists, Aitchison states that her mammzl is “an attempt to provide an introduction to manmal subject from the linguist’s point of view–although inevitably and rightly, it includes accounts of work done by psychologists” p.

Toggle navigation Additional Aitchisonn Information. Hisham rated it did not like it Aug articculate, Description Table of Contents Author s Bio. Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 19, Jenny rated it it was amazing. Kivilcim rated it it was amazing Jan 17, She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of evidence: University of Chicago Press. Aitchison also points out that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p.


So much for dinner-table conversations!!! An Introduction to Psycholinguistics.

The first area is what she calls the “acquisition problem,” 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. Socio-historical linguistics Language and mind Language and the media. A very brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. Among the areas that Aitchison talks about are the role of the lexicon, the “perceptual strategy” approach, the “slips of the tongue” phenomenon and speech errors, dysphasia, and how words and syntax are planned and assembled.

In modern terminology, the behavior is innately guided” p. To ask other readers questions about The Articulate Mammalplease sign up. It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject.

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Learn More about VitalSource Bookshelf. Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated and technical topics to simple sentences. What is language and is it restricted to humans? A time to speak: Chris Tang rated it it was amazing Dec 03, I love this book so much, it got me so far with the brain not just with articulation, but with the way it thinks.


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Vito rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Let down by dull style. 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: Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, This statement is in contrast to the situation 50 years ago, when she claims that psycholinguistics was “a seedling compared to the more mature areas of linguistics and psychology” p.

Books by Jean Aitchison. There is a substantial and useful “further reading” section at the back of the book and an equally useful list of sources. A blueprint in the brain? She presents evidence which she believes proves that children “automatically ‘know’ that language is rule-governed, and that they seem to make a succession of hypotheses about rules underlying the speech they hear around them” p.

As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten. Open Preview See a Problem? The final chapter, “Banker’s Clerk or Hippopotamus? The case of the missing fingerprint. Batencila Jhokclaire rated it liked it Jul 12, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Aitchison presents the positions of both camps, as well as what Chomsky has said about the matter.