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Words in the Mind By Jean Aitchison

Words in the Mind
by Jean Aitchison

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This volume is about words, and the extraordinary human capacity to store and retrieve them. Using evidence from "slips of the tongue", the word-finding problems of aphasics, psycholinguistic experiments and the research of theoretical linguists, it describes how we deal with so many words.
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Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon by Jean Aitchison

This volume about words, and the extraordinary human capacity to store and retrieve them. We hold effortlessly at least 50,000 of them in our minds, the majority of which can be summoned in a split second. No computer has yet come anywhere near simulating the complexities of the internal word-store. This book provides an up-to-date introduction to man's prodigious "mental lexicon". Using evidence from "slips of the tongue", the word-finding problems of aphasics, psycholinguistic experiments and the research of theoretical linguists, it describes: how man deals with this fluctuating mass of words; how people use fluid prototypes rather than fixed definitions for coping with meaning; how we extend old words and create new ones. The book compares the verbal resources of adults and children, and assesses recent competing theories as to how we seek out the lexical items we need. It is designed both for students embarking on psycholinguistics courses, and for anyone who has ever puzzled about the human word-store.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 Aims and evidence: welcome to dictionopolis; links in the chain; programming dumbella. Part 2 Basic ingredients: slippery customers; bad birds and better birds; the primordial atomic globule hunt; word webs; what is a bongaloo, Daddy?; lexical all-sorts; bits of words; taking care of the sounds; aggergog miggers, wips and guks. Part 3 Novelties: interpreting ice-cream cones; globbering mattresses. Part 4 The overall picture: seeking and finding; recognizing words; odd arrangements and funny solutions; Last word.

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GOR002653956
Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon by Jean Aitchison
Jean Aitchison
Used - Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1987-07-23
288
0631144420
9780631144427
N/A
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