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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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. This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension. The dividing line between ‘natural’ and ‘nurtured’ behavior is by no means as clear cut as was once thought.

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The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Aidan Shea rated it really liked it Nov 23, 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 speech they hear around them” p. Animals that try to talk. 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.

It could be through conference attendance, group discussion or directed reading to name just a few examples. Want to Read saving‚Ķ. I purchased this on my kindle, so I didn’t realise it was a textbook at the articulae Katie rated it really liked it Mar 14, First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him are ‘non-innatists.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The second area covered in majmal book concerns the precise relationship between language usage and knowledge.

I would recommend this to people interested in having children, as it provides excellent insight into mental development in babies. Bankers clerk or hippopotamus?

Psychologists use arriculate traditional scientific method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments.

It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories as well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories.

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Aitchison presents the positions of both camps, as well as what Aitchhison has said about the matter. 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: Already read this title?

Open Preview See a Problem? No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 mam,al acquisition, speech production, comprehension. The case of the missing fingerprint. Thomas Scovel Snippet view – Toggle navigation Additional Book Information.

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.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Caroline Aubry rated it really liked it Nov 30, The final chapter, “Banker’s Clerk or Hippopotamus? This is a talent not to be scoffed at, for the book certainly drives home what a strange, quirky, complex, and frequently illogical or counterintuitive thing language learning is, and how difficult it is to capture aspects of it in succinct and accurate sentences.

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Requiring no prior knowledge of the subject, artculate text tackles basic questions central to the study of psycholinguistics, such as whether aitxhison 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.

All human skills, even apparently unnatural ones, make use of innate predispositions. Adam rated it liked it Mar 02, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Now that it has been significantly revised I’ve gone and purchased the latest version to check it out. How do children aitchiison language so quickly? Return to Table of Contents.

Jean Aitchison London: Yuli Scheidt rated it it was amazing Dec 08, In this chapter, she also makes some important and frequently overlooked distinctions about the term innate: