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Review of  A Glossary of Language and Mind

Reviewer: Azra N. Ali
Book Title: A Glossary of Language and Mind
Book Author: Jean Aitchison
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Issue Number: 15.1439

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Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 22:20:25 +0100
From: Azra Nahid Ali
Subject: A Glossary of Language and Mind

AUTHOR: Aitchison, Jean
TITLE: A Glossary of Language and Mind
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press
YEAR: 2003

Azra N. Ali, School of Computing and Engineering, University of
Huddersfield, England.

The author has provided some in-depth explanation for most of the key
terms used today in psycholinguistics. Therefore, the book is ideal for
undergraduate or postgraduate students in their first year of research
in the field of language and linguistics.

The author starts by presenting an introductory chapter on the works of
psycholinguistics and the study of language and mind. The chapter also
describes how the study of psycholinguistics differs from the study of

This section is a glossary of terms from A to Z that are used today in
the study of language and mind. The author has provided some in-depth
explanation for most of the key terms. She also gives examples of how
the term relates to speech, language and processing, thus making it
easier for a person to comprehend. The glossary section also gives
cross-referencing to other key words and topics that are connected

The author includes terms that cross boundaries into other fields, for
example, 'computational linguistics', 'artificial intelligence', etc.
She also provides information about some of the well-known scientists;
for example, Roman Jakobson (1896-1982, page 61), the focus of his
research and how his ideas have evolved over the years.

The final section is excellent because the author presents a list of
books with comments for further reading on the subject. The section is
broken into three parts; (i) books that are easy to read, (ii)
"straightforward" textbooks (iii) "Books of readings".
Azra Ali is a PhD student in the School of Computing and Engineering at
the University of Huddersfield, England. Her research focuses on
audiovisual speech errors that probe the cognitive mental models of
humans. Her second aim of the research is to use the cognitive
phonology framework to represent these errors. Currently, she is also
expanding her knowledge in the area of probabilistic linguistics.

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