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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
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).
Table of Contents
|Abbreviations and Symbols||p. xiii|
|Aims and Evidence||p. 1|
|Welcome to Dictionopolis!||p. 3|
|The human word-store|
|Links in the Chain||p. 18|
|Assessing the evidence|
|Programming Dumbella||p. 32|
|Modeling the mental lexicon|
|Brainy Matters||p. 42|
|The physical underlay|
|Basic Ingredients||p. 51|
|Slippery Customers||p. 53|
|Attempts to pin down the meaning of words|
|Bad Birds and Better Birds||p. 66|
|Whispering Chambers of the Imagination||p. 80|
|The Primordial Atomic Globule Hunt||p. 90|
|The search for semantic primitives|
|Close Companions||p. 113|
|Words which cling together|
|Lexical All-sorts||p. 119|
|Parts of speech|
|Verb Power||p. 131|
|The role of verbs|
|Bits of Words||p. 145|
|The internal architecture of words|
|Taking Care of the Sounds||p. 157|
|Dealing with the sound patterns|
|Multiple Meanings||p. 171|
|The polysemy problem|
|Interpreting Ice-cream Cones||p. 182|
|Metaphor and metonymy|
|Globbering Mattresses||p. 194|
|Creating new words|
|What is a Bongaloo, Daddy?||p. 209|
|How children learn the meaning of words|
|Aggergog Miggers, Wips and Gucks||p. 222|
|How children cope with the sounds of words|
|The Overall Picture||p. 235|
|Seeking and Finding||p. 237|
|Organized Guesswork||p. 248|
|Odd Arrangements and Funny Solutions||p. 261|
|The organization pf the mental lexicon|
|Last Word||p. 267|
|Final comments and future questions|
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