Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

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Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press. The field of psycholinguistics has grown considerably over the past decades, and is of relevance to various disciplines. Courses in psycholinguistics/psychology of language range from large, lower-level courses to specialized seminar-style courses, taught within Psychology departments, Linguistics departments, and other departments or programs that deal with aspects of language and communication. This new book provides a broad, introductory survey to psycholinguistics that will remain relevantto students whether or not they continue on in the field. Language in Mind addresses important questions and approaches, reflecting a variety of theoretical orientations and viewpoints and provoking a sense of curiosity about language and the structures in the mind and brain that give rise to it. Intriguing stories—presented in an accessible, energetic writing style—set the stage with a question; students then work through a series of theoretical refinements and counterarguments, guided through these unfolding stories with the help ofsuggested classroom demonstrations and activities. The result is a creative, pleasurable, and deep level of engagement by the student. Throughout, the author communicates the dynamic and evolving nature of the field, synthesizing the key ideas underpinning psycholinguistics research. This approach, in conjunction with the presentation of actual sample stimuli and results, prepares students to be more successful consumers of primary source material.
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ISBN-13: 9780878935987
ISBN-10: 0878935983
Pagini: 558
Ilustrații: illustrations, maps
Dimensiuni: 225 x 282 x 32 mm
Greutate: 1.84 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


This is a phenomenal textbook. Julie Sedivy writes with incredible clarity about the still relatively murky field of psycholinguistics. All the main areas of psycholinguistics are very accessibly covered.
It's by far the best textbook on this subject. Sedivy's research background and her skills as a science writer make a great combination.
Language in Mind is an introductory textbook that provides a broad perspective on psycholinguistics in an engaging and accessible way. I highly recommend it to both instructors and students who are looking for a good starting point for psycholinguistics or language science.
Designed as an undergraduate textbook, Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics is an essential handbook for navigating the sea of text, images, and sound that comprise our communication environment. Sedivy describes herself as having an 'incurable infatuation with language', which is energetically transmitted through Language in Mind, instantiating psycholinguistics as a course that many universities will now want to offer. Overall,the daunting complexities of brain and communication research are approached in a clear and instructive manner. Sedivy encourages readers to critically assess the experimental methods that produced our current knowledge, pushing students to devise their own methods to test hypotheses as well as providing model aftermodel of how to determine the parameters and limitations of an experiment. It would be a joy to teach using this book.

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Julie Sedivy combines a strong background in academic research and teaching with a keen interest in scientific and literary writing for non-academic audiences. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Rochester, where she was involved in pioneering research in the use of eye movement methods for studying spoken language comprehension. She held an academic appointment in the Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences at Brown University from1997 to 2009, where she continued her interdisciplinary research program, and garnered consistently outstanding teaching reviews. She has published more than thirty articles and chapters, and has served as Associate Editor for Linguistics and Philosophy, and as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology:Learning, Memory and Cognition. She currently holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Calgary, and divides her time between research/teaching and writing.