LINGUIST List 8.1485

Wed Oct 15 1997

Books: Language, Mind and Understanding

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  1. Gerry T.M. Altmann, Book Announcement

Message 1: Book Announcement

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 18:07:11 +0100
From: Gerry T.M. Altmann <>
Subject: Book Announcement

New from Oxford University Press:

The Ascent of Babel: An exploration of language, mind, and understanding.
By Gerry T.M. Altmann

1:	Looking towards Babel
	 Introducing the mysteries of psycholinguistics
2:	Babies, birth, and language
	 What babies learn about language, even before they are born
3:	Chinchillas do it too
	 Learning to discriminate between different sounds
4:	Words, and what we learn to do with them
	 Learning about words, and how to combine them
5:	Organizing the dictionary
	 Phonemes, syllables, and other ways of looking up words
6:	Words, and how we (eventually) find them
	 Accessing the mental representations of words
7:	Time flies like an arrow
	 Understanding sentences I: coping with ambiguity
8:	Who did what, and to whom?
	 Understanding sentences II: identifying who is being talked about,
	what they are doing, and who they are doing it to
9:	On the meaning of meaning
	 The concepts associated with 'understanding' and 'meaning'
10:	Exercising the vocal organs
	 How we produce words and sentences
11:	The written word
	 Writing systems, reading, eye movements, and Socrates
12:	When it all goes wrong
	 Disorders of language
13:	Wiring-up a brain
	 Artificial neural networks and language learning
14:	The descent from Babel
	 Not all languages were created equal

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For OUP (USA) blurb:

Dr. Gerry T.M. Altmann
Department of Psychology
University of York Tel: +44 (0)1904 434362
Heslington, York Y01 5DD. UK. Fax: +44 (0)1904 433181
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