Words in the Mind

Words in the Mind : An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon

By (author) Jean Aitchison

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Featuring new coverage of the brain and language, and lexical corpora, the 4th edition of Words in the Mind offers readers the latest thinking about the ways in which we learn words, remember them, understand them, and find the ones we want to use. * Explores the latest insights into the complex relationship between language, words, and the human mind, creating a rich and revealing resource for students and non-specialists alike * Addresses the structure and content of the human word-store the mental lexicon with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers * Features a wealth of new material, including an all-new chapter focusing exclusively on the brain and language, and enhanced coverage of lexical corpora computerized databases and on lexical change of meaning * Incorporates numerous updates throughout, including expansion of many notes and suggestions for further reading * Comprises state-of-the-art research, yet remains accessible and student-friendly

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • 21 Feb 2012
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0470656476
  • 9780470656471
  • 268,695

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Jean Aitchison is Emeritus Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language, including Language Change: Progress or Decay? (Third Edition, 2001), The Word Weavers: Newshounds and Wordsmiths (2007), Aitchison's Linguistics (Seventh Edition, 2010), and The Articulate Mammal (Routledge Classics Edition, 2011).

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"Words in the Mind," is all about words: how we learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the precise ones we wish to use. It also addresses the structure and content of the human word-store - the 'mental lexicon' - with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers. Great strides have been made in our understanding of the lexicon since the first three editions of "Words in the Mind" were published, and it has developed into a major interest of study among linguists, psychologists, sociologists, and those who teach English as a second language. In addition to numerous updates and revisions, this latest edition features a wealth of new material, including an all-new chapter focusing exclusively on the brain and language. Enhanced coverage is also provided on lexical corpora - computerized databases - and on lexical change of meaning. Many of the notes and suggestions for further reading are also expanded and updated. Written by a true master of making scholarly concepts accessible, the fourth edition of "Words in the Mind" remains a rich and revealing resource for students and non-specialists alike, presenting the latest insights into the complex relationship between language, words, and the human mind.

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