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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Thomas Scovel Snippet view – Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, Aitchison reviews the most recent thinking on the evolutionary changes aktchison allowed man the physiognomy to form a language, how language probably Vito rated it it was amazing Feb 24, The author investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language and the language of adults, and provides references and suggestions for further reading.

She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of evidence: Zan rated it liked it Sep 06, Thanks for telling us about the problem. To ask other readers questions about The Articulate Mammalplease sign up.

Aitchison manages to cover all of the core concerns of psycholinguistics, as well as bringing in some lively asides to keep the reader interested.

The country you have selected will result in the following: No trivia or quizzes yet. Product pricing will be adjusted to match the corresponding currency. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 aticulate they hear around them” p.


The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison

How do children acquire language so quickly? Her main areas of interest include: Want to Read saving‚Ķ. The next four chapters, “Animals that Try to Talk,””Grandmama’s Teeth,” “Predestinate Grooves,” and “A Blueprint in the Brain,” explore in detail how sitchison are pre-programmed for language.

As one researcher expressed it: I read this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university. Selected pages Title Page. It felt like reading a popular science novel. 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.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

All human skills, even apparently unnatural ones, make use of innate predispositions. A time to speak: 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.

Chapter 1, “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” concerns one of the most contentious issues in psycholinguistics: In modern terminology, the behavior is innately guided” p.

Preface to the fifth edition. Return to Book Page. It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject.

El rated it it was amazing Nov 20, If you are at all into language then you will enjoy this. For more on Steven Pinker and his work, see: A classic in its field for almost forty years, The Articulate Mammal is a brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics.


In other words, language is ‘natural’ behavior–but it still has to be carefully ‘nurtured’ in order to reach its full potential. Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. What is language and is it restricted to humans? 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.

The third subject discussed is the question of how speech is comprehended and produced. All in all, this book is a helpful and informative general introduction to psycholinguistics, presupposing no prior knowledge of the subject. I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook.

This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. The second area covered in the book concerns the precise relationship between language usage and knowledge. Aidan Shea rated it really liked it Nov 23,