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Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon

Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon [Kindle Edition]

Jean Aitchison
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‘This very fine book represents state–of–the–art research in a relatively unconventional easy–to–read frame.’ Language <!––end––>

‘If you want to find out about the current state of knowledge concerning language in the brain with the least possible pain, then read this friendly book.’ David Crystal, English Today

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Words in the Mind deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the ones they want. It discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or ‘mental lexicon, with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers.

  • Discusses the structure and content of the human word-store, or 'mental lexicon'.
  • Features a highly informative and accessible account of a central area of research.
  • Incorporates new research on the mental lexicon.
  • Written by a prominent researcher of the mental lexicon, language change, and the language of the media.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5435 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (23 July 1987)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #611,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and thought-provoking 24 Nov 2007
I have studied a lot of subjects in my time and some of the most boring have been written in the area of linguistics. Words in the Mind is not only an exception but I would go so far as to say that it is perhaps one of the most stimulating texts on any academic subject. Indeed, if you like poetry, which I don't, you'll like it even more than I did.

It makes a good job of combining ideas from cognitive psychology (also not usually the most readable of subjects) with linguistics. Entertaining and informative, whilst incorporating important and up to date research, I found this most readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very complex topic illustrated in a simple to understand way 18 Mar 2010
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We've all had the "the word is on the tip of the tongue but I just can't think of it" experience. This book explains the search for understanding of what exactly is going on in your brain as it learns, stores, and selects words from the huge dictionary in your head. The author takes you through the research in a methodical way, raising and then "testing" various theories, explaining them all in very easy to understand language. As you read it, you'll recognize many of your own slips of the tongue and gain a new understanding of how and why they happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 2 July 2003
By Seán O'Neill - Published on
An amazing book which reveals many truths about the mind. Witty in its demeanour the book is deeper than most philosophies. Help wanted, inquire within.
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Production begins with the semantics and syntax, so these are arranged to suit production. Recognition begins with sounds, so these are organized to suit recognition. &quote;
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