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The Ascent Of Babel

Author: Gerry T. M. Altmann
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191037575
Size: 33.77 MB
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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.

A Glossary Of Language And Mind

Author: Jean Aitchison
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195220070
Size: 49.95 MB
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This alphabetical guide to language and mind gives an up-to-date introduction to the key topics of speech comprehension, speech production and child language. Written by a well-known author in the field, the entries are concise and lucid, and provide an easy-to-read overview of an area of linguistics which lies at the core of the human ability to use language.

Encyclopedia Of Education And Human Development

Author: Stephen J. Farenga
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 0765621088
Size: 10.33 MB
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Covers a broad range of topics within the fields of education and human development. Includes the ways in which learners construct knowledge at the different stages of human development, the educational tools used by teachers to teach, and educational politics.