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2.0 out of 5 stars
Be careful and note for whom this book is intended, 4 Jun 2009
It is supposed to be a concise introduction to psycho-linguistics for people training to be ESL and EFL teachers.
I found it way too concise--that is, lacking too much.
It is also out of date on some key issues, such as categorical perception and the existence (or non-existence) of the phoneme.
This book could have been developed in two different directions, either of which might have benefited the intended readership. (1) It could have included about 50 more pages of the history of related fields and their development and then explained psycho-linguistics in terms of the issues that concern ELT/TESL/TEFL/TESOL the most: second language acquisition, listening perception, articulation, and reading processes, etc. Or, (2) it could have given a somewhat more complete and technical explanation of psycho-linguistics.
Overall, it was a disappointing book to read. There are far better introductions to psycho-linguistics. Meanwhile, academics in ELT ought to stop playing around with superficial approaches to 'cross-disciplinary studies'. Instead, they ought to face up to the bleak reality: theirs is a field run by a big business mentality. Intellectually speaking, ELT has never really got past a superficial understanding of structuralism and behaviourism, which might explain the amateurish efforts at producing 'research' that now pollute most journals that language teachers are supposed to take an interest in.
Finally, the lack of an index is inexcusable.