A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
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A classic in its field for almost forty years, "The Articulate Mammal" is a
brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. In lucid prose Jean Aitchison
introduces and demystifies a complex and controversial subject: What is
language and is it restricted to humans? How do children acquire language
so quickly? Is language innate or learned? She explains the pioneering work
of Noam Chomsky; how children become acclimatized to speech rhythms before
birth; the acquisition of verbs; construction and cognitive grammar; and
aphasia and dementia. She also considers new topics such as language and
evolution and the possibility of a "language gene", bringing the field
right up to date.