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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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Feb 22, Jazmin rated it it was amazing. Psychologists use the traditional scientific method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments. Adam rated it liked it Mar 02, Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of evidence: 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.

It felt like reading a popular science novel.

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. El rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Aitichison differentiates between the psychological and linguistic approaches to psycholinguistics aitvhison their methodology.


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First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him are ‘non-innatists. Suggestions for further reading.

Chapter 10, “The White Elephant Problem,” describes “attempts by psycholinguists in the s and s to test whether a transformational grammar was used in the comprehension and production of speech” p.

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. This is a talent not to be scoffed at, for the book certainly drives home what a strange, quirky, complex, and frequently illogical or counterintuitive thing language learning is, and how difficult it is to capture aspects of it in succinct and accurate sentences.

It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories as well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories. The second area covered in the book concerns the precise relationship between language usage and knowledge.

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I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook. Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. Contents Animals that try to talk.

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The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

I read this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university. University of Chicago Press. It was a great intro. Return to Book Page. 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.


It doesn’t make me confused. As one researcher expressed it: As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten.

Fiona rated it really liked it Apr 05, 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 and produce language. To top it off, the information in the book is presented clearly and is easy to follow, easy to become engaged with.

Jan 08, Rima Muryantina rated it it was amazing. The white elephant problem. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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: