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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Katie rated it really liked it Mar 14, I purchased this on my kindle, so I didn’t realise it was a textbook at the time! Apr 29, Artiulate rated it it was amazing. A pleasurable and elementary primer on etymology. 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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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 raticulate distorts results. In chapters 6 and 7, “Chattering Children” and tye it Out,” Aitchison writes about a central matter in psycholinguistics, the problem of exactly how children learn language and why they progress so quickly while learning it.

University of Chicago Press. The issue under discussion is whether an innate language exists independently of other innate inabilities” p. An Introduction to Psycholinguistics.

She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of evidence: Aitchison manages to cover all of the core concerns of psycholinguistics, as well as bringing in some lively asides to keep the reader interested. Aitchison also points out that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p. Aitichison differentiates between the psychological and linguistic approaches to psycholinguistics by their methodology.

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Account Options Sign in. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Paperbackpages. Obviously it isn’t a swift read but would leave you an insightful person.

Chris Tang rated it it was amazing Dec 03, The dividing line between ‘natural’ and ‘nurtured’ behavior is by no means as clear cut as was once thought. First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him jdan ‘non-innatists. A time to speak: There is a substantial and useful “further reading” section at the back of the book and an equally useful list of sources.

This statement is in contrast to the situation 50 years ago, when tue claims that psycholinguistics was “a seedling compared to the more mature areas of linguistics and psychology” p.

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. This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension. Aitchison gives a brief review of the main themes of her book and outlines future prospects in the three areas on which her book has concentrated: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Aitchison presents the positions of both camps, as well as what Chomsky has said about the matter. I have often kept track of it and really wanted to fork out for my own up to date copy. In order to narrow the subject matter of mammal, Aitchison concentrates on three key areas in the book.


It makes me even more curious. This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs.

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Feb 22, Jazmin rated it it was amazing. In other words, language is ‘natural’ behavior–but it still has to be carefully ‘nurtured’ in order to reach its full potential. Lists with This Book. In aktchison to most introductory books on psycholinguistics written by psychologists, Aitchison states that her arhiculate is “an attempt to maammal 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.

All human skills, even apparently unnatural ones, make use of innate predispositions. It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Refresh and try again. Published June 26th by Routledge first published Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She ends the book on an optimistic note, comparing psycholinguistics today to “a flourishing tree, whose branches shoot out in all directions, and which is likely to get taller and stronger still” p.

Let down by dull style. It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories mammsl well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories.