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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This book, The Articulate Mammal, which first appeared in and is now in its fourth edition, has also contributed to a general interest in the subject. 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 first raised by rationalist and empiricist philosophers in the 17th century.

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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. The dividing line between ‘natural’ and ‘nurtured’ behavior is by no means as clear cut as was once thought. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Return to Table of Contents.

It makes me even more curious. I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook.

articulaet Chris Tang rated it it was amazing Dec 03, 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.


Obviously it isn’t a swift read but would leave you an insightful person. Lists with This Book. In order to narrow the subject matter of psycholinguistics, Aitchison concentrates on three key areas in the book. The third subject discussed is the question of how speech is comprehended and produced.

Kivilcim rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Open Preview See a Problem? Dec 15, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: There is a substantial and useful “further reading” section at the back of the book and an equally useful aitchisob of sources. To top it off, the information in the book is presented clearly and is easy to follow, easy to become engaged with.

The issue under discussion is whether an innate language exists independently of other innate inabilities” p. Chapter 8, “Celestial Unintelligibility,” 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.

Feb 02, Thd Johnson rated it it was amazing. Her conclusions are that no animals share all the features of human language, that there is “hard biological evidence” p. 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.

Chapter 1, “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” concerns hhe of the most contentious issues in psycholinguistics: In chapters 6 and 7, “Chattering Children” and “Puzzling 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.


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This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs. In this chapter, she also makes some important and frequently overlooked mamal about the term innate: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Aitchison also points articilate that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p. She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of evidence: First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him are ‘non-innatists.

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: 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 subject.

I read this years ago as a text for aarticulate Linguistics major at university. Vito rated it aitchiskn was amazing Feb 24, Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: The white elephant problem.

Account Options Sign in. Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, An Introduction to Psycholinguistics 4th ed.

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.