The Ascent of Babel

Author: Gerry T. M. Altmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0198523777
Format: PDF
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An exploration of the ways in which the mind produces and understands language, for the general reader who wishes to discover the secret of language.

The Ascent of Babel

Author: Gerry T. M. Altmann
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191037575
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Language is one of the faculties that sets humans apart from animals, the crucial thing which makes our complex social interactions possible. The Ascent of Babel explores the ways in which the mind produces and understands language: the ways in which the sounds of language evoke meaning, and the ways in which the desire to communicate causes us to produce those sounds to begin with. The `ascent' symbolises different things: the progression from sound to meaning, the ascent that we each undergo, from birth onwards, as we learn our mother tongue, and the quest to understand the mental processes which underlie our use of language. Gerry Altmann leads the reader on this ascent - a fascinating tour which takes us from babies learning to say words to the production of spoken and written language, the effects of brain damage on language, and the ways in which computer simulations of interconnecting nerve cells can learn language. The Ascent of Babel is a journey of discovery, written in an engaging and witty style, at the end of which it becomes clear that Babel's summit - the secret of language - may actually lie at its foundations, where babies play and language is learned.

The Ascent of Babel

Author: Gerry T. M. Altmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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An engaging tour of how the mind creates and comprehends language ranges from language recognition in the human fetus to brain dysfunctions such as asphasia and dyslexia to the most recent experiments in artificial neural networks. A journey of discovery, THE ASCENT OF BABEL illuminates how, through the workings of the brain, we use language to reach out and touch each other's minds.

The Articulate Mammal

Author: Jean Aitchison
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136806970
Format: PDF
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This Routledge Classics edition includes a new foreword by the author. ‘An excellent and very welcome guide to psycholinguistics...highly recommended.’ The Washington Post A classic in its field for almost forty years, The Articulate Mammal is a brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. In lucid prose Jean Aitchison introduces and demystifies a complex and controversial subject: What is language and is it restricted to humans? How do children acquire language so quickly? Is language innate or learned? She explains the pioneering work of Noam Chomsky; how children become acclimatized to speech rhythms before birth; the acquisition of verbs; construction and cognitive grammar; and aphasia and dementia. She also considers new topics such as language and evolution and the possibility of a ‘language gene’, bringing the field right up to date. Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford from 1993 to 2003, and is now an Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. She is the author of numerous books on language and gave the 1996 BBC Reith lectures on the topic of ‘The Language Web’.

There Is Happiness After Incest and Child Sexual Abuse

Author: CeCe Norwood
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465318771
Format: PDF, Docs
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Living a happy life following incest and child sexual abuse is often elusive to many survivors and a daunting task for those who seek a happy and productive life. Some survivors seek counseling but stop because they dont believe theyre improving. Counselors become frustrated because clients are not progressing. Family and partners have no idea how to help. This book will assist survivors, partners, family members and professionals understand a new approach to obtaining happiness following incest and child sexual abuse. By utilizing The Acceptances, The Promises And Permissions, and invoking Trigger Busters survivors will journey to happiness with greater ease and understanding.

The Psychology of Language

Author: Trevor A. Harley
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1317938437
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Now in full colour, this fully revised edition of the best-selling textbook provides an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to the psychology of language for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers. It contains everything the student needs to know about how we acquire, understand, produce, and store language. Whilst maintaining both the structure of the previous editions and the emphasis on cognitive processing, this fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to include: the latest research, including recent results from the fast-moving field of brain imaging and studies updated coverage of key ideas and models an expanded glossary more real-life examples and illustrations. The Psychology of Language, Fourth Edition is praised for describing complex ideas in a clear and approachable style, and assumes no prior knowledge other than a grounding in the basic concepts of cognitive psychology. It will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of cognition, psycholinguistics, or the psychology of language. It will also be useful for those on speech and language therapy courses. The book is supported by a companion website featuring a range of helpful supplementary resources for both students and lecturers.

Emotion

Author: Ross Buck
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316060489
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Emotions suffuse our lives: a symphony of feeling - usually whispering and murmuring in pianissimo but occasionally screaming and shouting in fortissimo crescendo - filling every waking moment and even invading our dreams. We can always be conscious of how happy, sad, annoyed, or anxious we feel, and also of the feelings we have relative to other persons: pride, envy, guilt, jealousy, trust, respect, or resentment. Developments in brain imaging and in capturing nuances of nonverbal display now enable the objective study of emotion and how biologically-based primary emotions relate to higher-level social, cognitive, and moral emotions. This book presents an integrated developmental-interactionist theory of emotion, viewing subjective feelings as voices of the genes: an affective symphony composed of dissociable albeit interactive neurochemical modules. These primordial voices do not control, but rather cajole our behavior with built-in flexibility, enabling the mindful application of learning, reason, and language.

Children s Learning From Educational Television

Author: Shalom M. Fisch
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113564506X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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At its best, educational television can provide children with enormous opportunities and can serve as a window to new experiences, enrich academic knowledge, enhance attitudes and motivation, and nurture social skills. This volume documents the impact of educational television in a variety of subject areas and proposes mechanisms to explain its effects. Drawing from a wide variety of research spanning several disciplines, author Shalom M. Fisch analyzes the literature on the impact of educational resources. He focuses on television programs designed for children rather than for adults, although adult literature is included when it is particularly relevant. In addition, much of the discussion concerns the effects of unaided viewing by children, rather than viewing in the context of adult-led follow-up activities. The role of parent-child co-viewing and issues relevant to the use of television in school or child care also receives consideration. This volume is intended to make the disparate literature on educational television's impact more accessible, by bringing it together into a centralized resource. To that end, the volume draws together empirical data on the impact of educational television programs--both academic and prosocial--on children's knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior. In addition to its emphasis on positive effects, this volume addresses a gap in the existing research literature regarding children's learning from exposure to educational television. Acknowledging that little theoretical work has been done to explain why or how these effects occur, Fisch takes a step toward correcting this situation by proposing theoretical models to explore aspects of the mental processing that underlies children's learning from educational television. With its unique perspective on children's educational television and comprehensive approach to studying the topic, this volume is required reading for scholars, researchers, and students working in the area of children and television. It offers crucial insights to scholars in developmental psychology, family studies, educational psychology, and related areas.

Language in Mind

Author: Julie Sedivy
Publisher: Sinauer Associates Incorporated
ISBN: 9780878935987
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This is a new, up-to-date textbook that provides a broad and accessible overview of the important questions and approaches in psycholinguistics, featuring a wealth of pedagogical features and comprehensive companion website designed to help you develop and apply your understanding and support the transition to using primary sources.

Moon Tides Soul Passages

Author: Maria Kay Simms
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780976242215
Format: PDF, ePub
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Guides your understanding of your past and present and your power of personal choice. This work includes birth sign, house and phase of natal Moon, prenatal lunar and solar eclipses and loads more. It also includes a CD-ROM and colour illustrations.