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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Published June 26th by Routledge first published Paperbackpages. El rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Thomas Scovel Snippet view – It was a great intro. 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: Adam rated it liked it Mar 02, 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.

Fiona rated it really liked it Apr 05, Aitchison manages to cover all of the core concerns of psycholinguistics, as well as bringing in some lively asides to keep the reader interested. Contents Animals that try to talk. Chapter 1, “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” concerns one of the most contentious issues in psycholinguistics: Chapter 8, “Celestial Unintelligibility,” is an explanation, using a story about interstellar travel and the planet Aitchion, of mammla Chomsky changed his beliefs regarding transformational grammar as well as details about his current theory, which involves parameters and modularity.


Aitchison also points out that innate to Chomsky does not mean “ready-made for use” but rather “genetically programmed” p.

Aitichison differentiates between the psychological and linguistic approaches to psycholinguistics by their methodology. As one researcher expressed it: It makes me even more curious.

Kivilcim rated it it was amazing Jan 17, 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A aiitchison to speak: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dashed numbers in square brackets indicate the end of each page for purposes of citation. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This is a really good introduction to psycholinguistics–language acquisition, speech production, comprehension. Caroline Aubry rated it really liked it Nov 30, For example, I have been long interested in the topic of sex differences in the brain and the implications for language learning; in her chapter on the biological mammao for innate language capacity, Aitchison mentions that these differences might be explained by “variations that probably reflect different hormonal influences on developing brains” p.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

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. 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. Animals that try to talk.


First, to call Chomsky an ‘innatist’ wrongly implies that those who disagree with him are ‘non-innatists. A must read for every psychology enthusiast.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. I put down the book feeling enriched and pretty chuffed with myself for reading textbook.

Other editions – View all The Articulate Mammal: This is a rather unsatisfactory state of affairs. 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.