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Words in the Mind : An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon



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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

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviations and Symbolsp. xiii
Aims and Evidencep. 1
Welcome to Dictionopolis!p. 3
The human word-store
Links in the Chainp. 18
Assessing the evidence
Programming Dumbellap. 32
Modeling the mental lexicon
Brainy Mattersp. 42
The physical underlay
Basic Ingredientsp. 51
Slippery Customersp. 53
Attempts to pin down the meaning of words
Bad Birds and Better Birdsp. 66
Prototype theories
Whispering Chambers of the Imaginationp. 80
Mental models
The Primordial Atomic Globule Huntp. 90
The search for semantic primitives
Word-websp. 99
Semantic networks
Close Companionsp. 113
Words which cling together
Lexical All-sortsp. 119
Parts of speech
Verb Powerp. 131
The role of verbs
Bits of Wordsp. 145
The internal architecture of words
Taking Care of the Soundsp. 157
Dealing with the sound patterns
Newcomersp. 169
Multiple Meaningsp. 171
The polysemy problem
Interpreting Ice-cream Conesp. 182
Metaphor and metonymy
Globbering Mattressesp. 194
Creating new words
What is a Bongaloo, Daddy?p. 209
How children learn the meaning of words
Aggergog Miggers, Wips and Gucksp. 222
How children cope with the sounds of words
The Overall Picturep. 235
Seeking and Findingp. 237
Selecting words
Organized Guessworkp. 248
Recognizing words
Odd Arrangements and Funny Solutionsp. 261
The organization pf the mental lexicon
Last Wordp. 267
Final comments and future questions
Notesp. 270
Referencesp. 292
Indexp. 327
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