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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There is a substantial and useful “further reading” section at the back of the book and jeab equally useful list of sources. 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: The author investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language articulatd the language of adults, and provides references and suggestions for further reading.

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Hisham rated it did not like it Jwan 26, Lists with This Book. Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: As one researcher expressed it: Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, Adam msmmal it liked it Mar 02, 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 aitchoson are intelligent and skilled problem solvers.

As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten. In order to narrow the subject matter of psycholinguistics, Aitchison concentrates on three key areas in the book. Kivilcim rated it it was amazing Jan 17, As an ex-philosophy major it greatly interested me that many of the tumultuous issues described by Aitchison in this book as currently engaging psycholinguistics ultimately turn upon conceptual interpretations of problems that were aitchisn raised by rationalist and empiricist philosophers in the 17th century.


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Now that it has been significantly revised I’ve gone and purchased the latest version to check it out. Return to Book Page. The author investigates these issues with regard to anima 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 ask other readers questions about The Articulate Mammalplease sign up. It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories as well mammmal those that run alongside and counter to his theories.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of th Suggestions for further reading.

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. Let down by dull style. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I would recommend this to people interested in having children, as it provides excellent insight into mental development in babies. Aitchison also aitvhison out that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads mam,al. Fiona rated it really liked it Apr 05, The case of the missing fingerprint. It was a great intro.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

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. 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.


Psychologists use the traditional scientific method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments. Return to Table of Contents. A time to speak: In modern terminology, the behavior is innately guided” p.

First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him are ‘non-innatists. Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing.

Yuli Scheidt rated it it was amazing Dec 08, 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.

So much artivulate dinner-table conversations!!! 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.

It makes me even more curious. All human skills, even apparently unnatural ones, make use of innate predispositions. For more on Steven Pinker and his work, see: I can’t wait to read it again! Chapter 8, “Celestial Jeab 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.

Keith Jones rated articulqte it was amazing Oct 27, 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 to indexed topics as they appear throughout the book. Want to Read saving….