This book has remained a classic for almost forty years, it remains a fascinating, brilliant and clear introduction to psycholinguistics. It examines the question of what is language from a structuralist point of view, examines whether language is limited to humans, how children acquire language and the great question of whether language is innate or a learned capacity. The groundbreaking work of Naom Chomsky is examined and the developments and schools within in psycholinguistics are examined in a fairly impartial manner.
The strength of the book is that it is well written, is replete with examples and is fun to read.
An excellent introductory text to this branch of linguistics.
İ appreciated the humour Aitchison has sporadically splashed across this book. İ recall chuckling aloud various times (which is a pleasant surprise considering the type of book this is). You seriously do not need to know much prior to opening this book as "everything is explained within the text".
She uses mildly humourous examples at times to illustrate certain points (e.g process peggy and content cuthbert...such odd names for children!). İ was drawn into this book from the start. She introduces us to the somewhat lengendary review of Skinner's work by Chomsky (who utterly destroyed him). The order in which she explores the topics flow brilliantly and we are consistently and subtly reminded of previous chapters . This book had me going off to read 'through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carol as well as Chomsky's review in its entirety.
The only issue İ had was on the transformational grammar stuff. İt sorta went over my head and had to read it a few times. İ'm still.not sure İ get it. Still, İ enjoyed this a lot.
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