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Jean Aitchison
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17 Feb 2012 0470656476 978-0470656471 4th Edition
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  

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (17 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470656476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470656471
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Words in the Mind , is all about words: how we learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the precise ones we wish to use. It also addresses the structure and content of the human word–store – the ‘mental lexicon’ – with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers. Great strides have been made in our understanding of the lexicon since the first three editions of  Words in the Mind  were published, and it has developed into a major interest of study among linguists, psychologists, sociologists, and those who teach English as a second language.  In addition to numerous updates and revisions, this latest edition features a wealth of new material, including an all–new chapter focusing exclusively on the brain and language. Enhanced coverage is also provided on lexical corpora – computerized databases – and on lexical change of meaning. Many of the notes and suggestions for further reading are also expanded and updated. Written by a true master of making scholarly concepts accessible, the fourth edition of  Words in the Mind  remains a rich and revealing resource for students and non–specialists alike, presenting the latest insights into the complex relationship between language, words, and the human mind.

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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).

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3.0 out of 5 stars given it a rest... 16 Jun 2013
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very wordy for a book about words, not as punchy or rigorous as I was expecting but perhaps if you are prepared to go round the houses a bit a good understanding of a complex area might result
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening book on language in the brain. 4 May 2012
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This fascinating book discusses the nature of the human word-store or "mental lexicon" and considers how words are stored in the mind and how we retrieve them from this store when we need them.
Jean Aitchison's extensively revised Fourth Edition(2012) of 'Words In The Mind', with a new chapter on the brain, is an enlightening and accessible read which should be of interest to the general reader as well as students of linguistics and psychology.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Feb 2013
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I can't say I read this book by my own free will--it was required for a course I was taking--but it was certainly an interesting read. For someone interested in the subject, this is probably a great and fascinating book; but for an engineering student with no zeal for linguistics (such as myself), this isn't something you'll want to simply pick up and read on your own. While it was certainly informative and thought-provoking, I generally found myself feeling that the subject was not helpful for achieving my own personal goals, which significantly lessened the experience.

In short, for those interested in languages or linguistics, this would be an excellent book to read; however, I cannot say the same for those who do not have any interest in the subject.
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