LINGUIST List 6.849

Thu Jun 22 1995

Books: Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition

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PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
Aitchison, Jean (University of Oxford)
WORDS IN THE MIND: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MENTAL LEXICON
1994 6 x 9 304 pages
0-631-18921-1 paperback $21.95
This book deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them,
understand them, and select them. It discusses the structure and content
of the human word-store or 'mental lexicon' with particular reference to
the spoken language of native English speakers.
The new edition contains substantial additions and revisions, reflecting
new developments arising from the tremendous growth of research into the
mental lexicon. There are two new chapters, and others have been
considerably expanded. No chapter remains unaltered, and over 300 new
references have been added as notes and suggestions for further reading.
BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS: phone: (800) 216-2522 fax: (802) 864-7626
email:blkwellworld.std.
Romaine, Suzanne (University of Oxford)
BILINGUALISM: SECOND EDITION
1994 6 x 9 691 pages
0-631-19539-4 paperback $24.95
The new edition explores various aspects of bilingual behaviour,
such as code switching and language mixing, in terms of their social
functions within the bilingual speech community as well as in terms of
neurolinguistic organization in the individual speaker. The author also
assesses the positive and negative claims made for the effects of
bilingualism on children's cognitive, social and academic development,
and examines the assumptions behind various language policies and
programs for bilingual children.
BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS: phone: (800) 216-2522 fax: (802) 864-7626
email:blkwellworld.std.com
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Smith, Neil and Tsimpli, Ianthi-Maria (University College, London, and
University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
THE MIND OF A SAVANT: LANGUAGE, LEARNING AND MODULARITY
January 1995 6 x 9 256 pages
0-631-19017-1 paperback $19.95
0-631-19016-3 hardcover $49.95
Savants are people who are mentally and often physically inpaired but who
have one dazzling talent. Savants with mathematical, artistic or musical
ability, while rare, are not unheard of, but cases like that of
Christopher, who is described here, have never been reported before. In
this study Neil Smith and Ianthi Tsimpli provide insight into the
nature of language and language learning, and on the relation between
language and thought in general.
BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS: phone: (800) 216-2522 fax: (802) 864-7626
email:blkwellworld.std.com
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