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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Zan rated it liked it Sep 06, All human skills, even apparently unnatural ones, make use of innate predispositions.

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Yuli Scheidt rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem? It was a great intro.

Animals that try to talk. Adam rated it liked it Mar 02, The author investigates these issues with regard to anima 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.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Now that it has been significantly revised I’ve gone and purchased the latest version to check it out.


I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook. The Cheshire Cats grin. An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison. It is so accessible and doesn’t feel like a text at all.

The case of the missing fingerprint. Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated and technical topics to simple sentences. The white elephant problem. Joanne rated articulatw it was ok Jul 24, 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 knowledge of the subject. Refresh and try again.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison

Chapter 10, “The White Elephant Problem,” describes “attempts by psycholinguists in the s and s to test whether a transformational grammar was used in the comprehension and production of speech” p. Kivilcim th it it was amazing Jan 17, Her main areas of interest include: I read this years ago as a text for my Linguistics major at university.


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.

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. Paperbackpages.

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Fiona rated it really liked it Apr 05, Vito rated it it was aitchiskn Feb 24, Arcadia rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Alix Rowe rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Aitchison presents the positions of both camps, as well as what Chomsky has said about the matter. Superpopielica rated it really liked it Sep 22, I can’t wait to read it again! Trivia About The Articulate Ma