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Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics (Fundamentals of Linguistics) [Kindle Edition]

Eva M. Fernández
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Introducing the fundamental issues in psycholinguistics, this book explores the amazing story of the unconscious processes that take place when humans use language. It is an ideal text for undergraduates taking a first course in the study of language.
  • Topics covered include the biological foundations of language; acquisition of first and second languages in children and adults; the mental lexicon; and speech production, perception, and processing
  • Structured as an engaging narrative that takes the reader from an idea in the mind of a speaker to its comprehension in the mind of the hearer
  • Reflects the latest empirical developments in psycholinguistics, and is illustrated throughout with examples from bilingual as well as monolingual language processing, second language acquisition, and sign languages
  • Student-friendly features include chapter-by-chapter study questions and discussion summaries; the appendix offers an excellent overview of experimental designs in psycholinguistics, and prepares students for their own research
  • Written by an internationally-regarded author team, drawing on forty years of experience in teaching psycholinguistics


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"It provides a wide–ranging, clearly written and organised introduction to many aspects of the field of psycholinguistics. It also encourages the reader to consider partaking in experimental psycholinguistics as much as theoretical study." (Linguist, 15 June 2011)

"The strengths of the book are many: its attention to monolingual and bilingual contexts, its clear explanation of methodology and its selection of key illustrated studies." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 4 November 2010)

"It is an ideal text for undergraduates taking a first course in the study of language." (Forbes.com, 2 November 2010)

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"Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics contains an astonishing amount of information about speech and language use, all presented so deftly that reading is a pleasure."  
Janet Dean Fodor, Graduate Center, City University of New York

 "Fernandez and Cairns expose the mysteries of the human language ability by weaving together the insights gained from fifty years of psycholinguistic research into a highly readable introductory text."
Lyn Frazier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

"The coverage of this textbook is exactly right for an introductory–level course.  It offers clear and up–to–date information in every area without overwhelming the reader.  The thread on multilingualism is unique."
Dana McDaniel, University of Southern Maine 

"The authors have done a masterful job of reviewing current and long–standing issues in Psycholinguistics in a balanced, engaging fashion. An excellent introduction to the field!"
Janet Nicol, University of Arizona

"What most shines through is the authors′ great enthusiasm for elucidating the ideas that drive contemporary research in psycholinguistics.  The wealth of their experience has produced a fresh, modern, and above all appealing introduction to this interdisciplinary field."
Dianne Bradley, Graduate Center, City University of New York


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (28 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FMOM1G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Psycholinguistics 13 Mar. 2012
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Bought this for a university module. Found it very helpful and interesting. A good buy for anyone studying the topic or just interested in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Psycholinguistics from a Linguistics perspective 30 May 2011
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In my Psycholinguistics course we used two textbooks, Harley's The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory and this book. While this book is rather brief and does not delve into nearly as much material, I found this one to be written far better and more accessible then Harley's text. Fernandez and Cairns do a straightforward and concise explanation of several facets of the topic addressing the current models and ideas in the field as well as different perspectives.
In contrast, I find Harley's book to be info-heavy making it difficult to parse key points and sometimes even comprehend what they are addressing at times. In other words, it is too much a psychology text. Fernandez and Cairns book is an excellent primer given adequate background on the topics and leaving plenty open for further research for those so inclined.
4.0 out of 5 stars A little dense and occasionally too verbose in my opinion ... 21 Jan. 2015
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A little dense and occasionally too verbose in my opinion, but generally informative and insightful in understanding the correlation between linguistics and psychology.
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Very nice looking used book! I can't speak on the content until class has started but I am very happy with the quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 5 Feb. 2012
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The product came quickly, was just as described, and was a good buy for the money. It's a good book too.
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