The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics


This accessible and concise introduction to psycholinguistics requires no prior knowledge of the subject. Chapter by chapter, Jean Aitchison tackles the basic questions central to the study of psycholinguistics such as:* Is language restricted to humans?* Is there biological evidence for innate language activity?* Exactly how do children learn language?* How do we understand, plan and produce language?She investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language and the language of adults and includes in the text full references and helpful suggestions for further reading.This highly successful book has now been substantially revised. In particular Jean Aitchison has taken account of the considerable changes in Chomsky's recent ideas. As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998
  • 4th