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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Revised edition edition (9 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631189211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631189213
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book 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 those with English as their native language.

Since the first two editions of Words in the Mind were published, work on the lexicon has expanded quickly. This growth is reflected in this third edition, which contains substantial new material. There is an extra chapter on layering and meaning change, and several others have been considerably enlarged. The notes and suggestions for further reading have been updated, and many new references have been included.

The book remains accessible in style and easy to read for both undergraduates and non–specialists.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cole Davis on 24 Nov. 2007
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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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Very complex topic illustrated in a simple to understand way 18 Mar. 2010
By Artybecca - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Enjoy reading it 7 Jan. 2015
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Very interesting book. Enjoy reading it!!!
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By Seán O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
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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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