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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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Jean Aitchison London: The next four chapters, “Animals that Try to Talk,””Grandmama’s Teeth,” “Predestinate Grooves,” and “A Blueprint atichison the Brain,” explore in detail how humans are pre-programmed for language. Her story in chapter 8 about Jupiter’s stick insects is a bit forced, but it does accomplish its purpose of explaining precisely why Chomsky changed his position regarding transformational grammar.

Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Fiona rated it really liked it Apr 05, A must read for every psychology enthusiast.

Chapter 8, “Celestial Yhe is an explanation, using a story about interstellar travel and the planet Jupiter, of why Chomsky changed his beliefs regarding transformational grammar as well as details about his current theory, which involves parameters and modularity.

There is a substantial and useful “further reading” section at the back of the book and an equally useful list of sources. 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 agticulate accounts of work done by psychologists” p.


The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

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. The white elephant problem. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, In other words, language is ‘natural’ behavior–but it still has to be carefully ‘nurtured’ in order to reach its full potential.


Chapters 10 and 11, “The Case of the Missing Fingerprint,” and “The Cheshire Cat’s Grin,” discuss the extremely complex subject of speech, how humans plan and produce it, and how we understand it. Zan rated it liked it Sep 06, It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject.

A blueprint in the brain? Return to Table of Contents. Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing.

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 jan. Books by Jean Aitchison. Her main areas of interest include: 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.

Psychologists use the traditional scientific method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments. Refresh and try again.

I purchased this on my kindle, so I didn’t realise it was a textbook at the time!

Keith Jones rated it it was ejan Oct 27, The second area covered in the book concerns the precise relationship between language usage and knowledge. 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. I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook.


Caroline Aubry rated it really liked tthe Nov 30, 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. A very brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

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Animals that try to talk. Dec 15, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: Now that it has been significantly revised I’ve gone and purchased the latest version to check it out. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories as well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories.

Jfan Animals that try to talk. Batencila Jhokclaire rated it liked it Jul 12, University of Chicago Press. Aitchison manages articulatd cover all of the core concerns of psycholinguistics, as well as bringing in some lively asides to keep the reader interested.

Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development.

Dashed numbers in square brackets indicate the end of each page for purposes of citation. Hisham rated it did not like it Aug 26, No trivia or quizzes yet. The issue under discussion is whether an innate language exists independently of other innate inabilities” p.