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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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. All in all, this book is a helpful and informative general introduction to psycholinguistics, presupposing no prior mmmal of the subject.

Open Preview Jfan a Problem? Caroline Aubry rated it really liked it Nov 30, 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.

Books by Jean Aitchison. It is so accessible and doesn’t feel like a text at all.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Aitchison also points out that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p. In order to narrow the subject matter of psycholinguistics, Aitchison concentrates on three key areas in the book. The author investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language and the language of adults, and provides references and suggestions for further reading.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Adam rated it liked it Mar 02, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The articu,ate elephant problem. Trivia About The Articulate Ma As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten. Socio-historical linguistics Language and mind Language and the media.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Keith Jones rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Aitchison presents the tue of both camps, as well as what Chomsky has said about the matter.

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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. 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: 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.


Her main areas of interest include: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Let down by dull style. It provides a short guide to the evolution of Chomsky’s theories as well as those that run alongside and counter to his theories. Alix Rowe rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Arcadia rated it it was amazing Feb 01, A pleasurable and elementary primer on etymology. 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 they are intelligent and skilled problem solvers.

Jean Aitchison London: Aitchison reviews the most recent thinking on the evolutionary changes that allowed man the physiognomy to form a language, how language probably Other editions – View all The Articulate Mammal: 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.