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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Open Preview See a Problem? Chapter 1, “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” concerns one of the most contentious issues in psycholinguistics: Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated and technical topics to simple sentences. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Fiona rated it really liked it Apr 05, A classic in its field for almost forty years, The Articulate Mammal is a brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics.

In modern terminology, the behavior is innately guided” p. I purchased this on my kindle, so I didn’t realise it was a textbook at the time!

Add to Wish List. This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension. Nov 03, Sowmya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aitchison reviews the most recent thinking on the evolutionary changes that allowed man the physiognomy to form a language, how language probably 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. To ask other readers questions about The Articulate Mammalplease sign up.


For more on Steven Pinker and his work, see: Socio-historical linguistics Language and mind Language and the media. Paperbackpages. If you are at all into language then you will enjoy this. Account Options Sign in. To top it off, the information in the book is presented clearly and is easy to follow, easy to become engaged with. 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.

Let down by dull style. Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, Exclusive web offer for individuals. Jan 08, Rima Muryantina rated it it was amazing. Feb 02, Rachael Johnson rated it it was amazing. This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs. First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him are ‘non-innatists.

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The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

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. All instructor resources are articklate available on our Instructor Hub. The Cheshire Cats grin.

The next four chapters, “Animals that Try to Talk,””Grandmama’s Teeth,” “Predestinate Grooves,” and “A Blueprint in the Brain,” explore in detail how humans are pre-programmed for language. El rated it it was amazing Nov 20, 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.

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Obviously it isn’t a swift read but would leave you an insightful person. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. We provide a free online form to document your learning and a certificate for your records. 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.

A time to speak: University of Chicago Press. Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. Aitchison also points out that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p. What are VitalSource eBooks? 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.

Yuli Scheidt rated it it was amazing Dec 08, An Introduction to Psycholinguistics 4th ed.