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By John Field

ISBN-10: 0415276004

ISBN-13: 9780415276009

Routledge English Language Introductions hide middle components of language examine and are one-stop assets for students.
Assuming no previous wisdom, books within the sequence provide an available assessment of the topic, with actions, research questions, commentaries and key readings - all within the comparable quantity. The leading edge and versatile 'two-dimensional' constitution is equipped round 4 sections - advent, improvement, exploration and extension - which supply self-contained phases for examine. every one subject can be learn throughout those sections, allowing the reader to construct progressively at the wisdom gained.

  • is a finished advent to psycholinguistic theory
  • covers the center components of psycholinguistics: language as a human characteristic, language and the mind, vocabulary garage and use, language and reminiscence, the 4 abilities (writing, analyzing, listening, speaking), comprehension, language impairment and deprivation
  • draws on various genuine texts, facts and examples, together with a Radio 4 interview, an essay written by way of a deaf author, and the transcript of a treatment consultation addressing stuttering
  • provides vintage readings via the most important names within the self-discipline, together with Jean Aitchison, Terrence Deacon, Robert Logie, Willem Levelt and Dorothy Bishop.

Written by way of an skilled instructor, this obtainable textbook is a vital source for all scholars of English language, linguistics and psychology.

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Recently, a savant has been discovered who possesses such gifts for language. Christopher was diagnosed as brain-damaged early in life and has to live in care. Yet he is able to translate from, and communicate in, some sixteen languages. - Modularity There are those who believe that language and cognition are interconnected and that the acquisition oflanguage goes hand in hand with the development of cognition. There T I NT R O D U CT I O N 46 are others who believe that language is modular: a separate faculty, supported by cog­ nitive processes but not dependent upon them.

Activity 0 1 How might you use schematic information to set up expectations before you hear the talk? The talk begins by considering why the camel is so well suited to life in the desert. It tells you that a camel's hump is not a water store but a food store made of fatty tissue. Because the food store is on the camel's back rather than spread all over its body, the animal is able to keep cool in very hot temperatures. The camel has a double row of eyelashes which prevent sand from getting into its eyes.

The areas of research can be divided into those which deal with linguistic impairment alone (this section) and those which raise questions about the relationship between language and cognition (p. 44) . This section offers a brieflook at the way in which psycholinguistics can provide insights into the processing problems of those with language difficulties - supporting the work of general practitioners, psychiatrists and speech therapists. The term 'exceptional circumstances' can be taken to include: studies of the effects of deafness or blindness upon language studies oflanguage disorders where some aspect oflinguistic processing is impaired studies of individuals with cognitive difficulties where at least part of the language faculty is spared.

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