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Featuring new coverage of the brain and language, and lexical corpora, the 4th edition of Words in the Mind offers readers the latest thinking about the ways in which we learn words, remember them, understand them, and find the ones we want to use. Explores the latest insights into the complex relationship between language, words, and the human mind, creating a rich and revealing resource for students and non-specialists alike Addresses the structure and content of the human word-store the 'mental lexicon' with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers Features a wealth of new material, including an all-new chapter focusing exclusively on the brain and language, and enhanced coverage of lexical corpora computerized databases and on lexical change of meaning Incorporates numerous updates throughout, including expansion of many notes and suggestions for further reading Comprises state-of-the-art research, yet remains accessible and student-friendly
Jean Aitchison is Emeritus Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language, including Language Change: Progress or Decay? (Third Edition, 2001), The Word Weavers: Newshounds and Wordsmiths (2007), Aitchison's Linguistics (Seventh Edition, 2010), and The Articulate Mammal (Routledge Classics Edition, 2011).
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and Symbols
Aims and Evidence
Welcome to Dictionopolis!
The human word-store
Links in the Chain
Assessing the evidence
Modeling the mental lexicon
The physical underlay
Attempts to pin down the meaning of words
Bad Birds and Better Birds
Whispering Chambers of the Imagination
The Primordial Atomic Globule Hunt
The search for semantic primitives
Words which cling together
Parts of speech
The role of verbs
Bits of Words
The internal architecture of words
Taking Care of the Sounds
Dealing with the sound patterns
The polysemy problem
Interpreting Ice-cream Cones
Metaphor and metonymy
Creating new words
What is a Bongaloo, Daddy?
How children learn the meaning of words
Aggergog Miggers, Wips and Gucks
How children cope with the sounds of words
The Overall Picture
Seeking and Finding
Odd Arrangements and Funny Solutions
The organization pf the mental lexicon
Final comments and future questions
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