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Aitchison, Jean 1938-

Works: 49 works in 702 publications in 10 languages and 12,881 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Dictionaries  Terminology  Maps  Handbooks and manuals  History  Classification  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Atlases 
Roles: Author, Editor, Secretary, Author of introduction, Redactor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: P37,
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Most widely held works about Jean Aitchison
Most widely held works by Jean Aitchison
The articulate mammal : an introduction to psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

179 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Requiring no prior knowledge of the subject, this text tackles basic questions central to the study of psycholinguistics, such as whether language is restricted to humans, whether there is biological evidence for innate language activity, how children learn language, and how we understand, plan and produce language. The author investigates these issues with regard to animal communication, child language and the language of adults, and provides references and suggestions for further reading.;The book has been substantially revised, in particular taking account of the considerable changes in Cho
Language change : progress or decay? by Jean Aitchison( Book )

119 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do people sometimes leave off the ends of words when they speak? Is it sloppiness, progress, or inevitable erosion? This book attempts to answer such questions by giving a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change. It discusses where our evidence about language change comes from, how and why changes happen, and how and why languages begin and end. It considers not only changes which occurred many years ago, but also those currently in progress. It does this within the framework of one central question - is language change a symptom of progress or decay? It concludes that language is neither progressing nor decaying, but that an understanding of the factors causing change is essential for anyone involved with language alteration. For this substantially revised and enlarged second edition Jean Aitchison has included details of recent research on a number of key topics, and also discusses data from a wider variety of languages: but the work remains non-technical in style and accessible to the reader with no previous knowledge of linguistics. -- Publisher description
Words in the mind : an introduction to the mental lexicon by Jean Aitchison( Book )

114 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the ones they want. In brief, it discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or 'mental lexicon', with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers. Since the first edition of this book was published, work on the lexicon has exploded. This is reflected in this new edition, which contains substantial additions. Two new chapters have been added, and others have been considerably expanded. No chapter remains unaltered, and over 300 new references have been added as notes and suggestions for further reading. The book remains accessible in style, easy to read for both undergraduates and non-specialists
The seeds of speech : language origin and evolution by Jean Aitchison( Book )

40 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than with the calls of other primates. In this clear and non-technical overview, Jean Aitchison explores why it evolved and how it developed. She likens the search to a vast prehistoric jigsaw puzzle, in which numerous fragments of evidence must be assembled, some external to language, such as evolution theory and animal communication; others internal, including child language, pidgins and creoles, and language change
Linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

41 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to linguistics, this edition contains a chapter on language and style, discussing literature, advertising and newspapers. There are also sections on language origin, the role of verbs, language and power, and sign language
The language web : the power and problem of words by Jean Aitchison( Book )

30 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language is like a vast spider's web. In this volume Jean Aitchison explores different facets of this web. She begins with the cobweb of false worries which surrounds language. She then discusses how language evolved in the human species, how children acquire it, and how educated English speakers remember 50,000 or more words. Finally, she argues that people are right to be concerned about language, though not in the ways traditionally assumed. This is the text of the 1996 BBC Reith lectures, slightly revised for publication, with illustrations and full references, and an Afterword which looks at the reception of the lectures
A glossary of language and mind by Jean Aitchison( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This alphabetic 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."--Jacket
The word weavers : newshounds and wordsmiths by Jean Aitchison( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern journalism is often the subject of criticism and opposition. Written by one of the foremost authorities on language and the media today, this book suggests that this view is unfair, and that journalists are in fact skilled 'word-weavers' whose output is cleverly worked into planned patterns. Drawing on a range of authentic news articles, it traces the development of journalism from its origins to the present day. Aitchison shows how contemporary news writers have inherited an age-old oral tradition, which over the centuries was incorporated into public notices, ballads and storybooks - eventually providing the basis of the journalism we see today. She argues that, while journalists have very different aims from literary writers, their work can in no way be regarded as inferior. Entertainingly written, The Word Weavers provides an insight into journalistic writing, and will be enjoyed by anybody wanting to know more about media language."--Jacket
New media language by Jean Aitchison( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring a wide range of topics, from the globalization of communication to the vocabulary of terrorism and the language used in the wake of September 11, "New Media Language" looks at the important and wide-ranging implications of these changes. From Malcolm Gluck on wine writing to Naomi Baron on email, the authors provide authoritative and engaging insights into the ways in which language is changing, and in turn, changes us
Introducing language and mind by Jean Aitchison( Book )

14 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thesaurus construction: a practical manual by Jean Aitchison( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and French and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A practical guide to the construction of thesauri for use in information retrieval, written by leading experts in the field
General linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language joyriding : an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 16 November 1993 by Jean Aitchison( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bibliographie des vocabulaires, thésaurus, vedettes-matières et systèmes de classification mono et multilingues dans le domaine des sciences sociales by Jean Aitchison( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in French and English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welfare of the elderly : a faceted classification and thesaurus prepared for the information services of the National Corporation for the care of old people and age concern by Jean Aitchison( Book )

5 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English past and present : papers read at the First National Conference of History of English, Bari-Naples, 26-29 April 1988 by National Conference of History of English( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the world by Bernard Comrie( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Atlas of languages offers an introduction to the world of languages and linguistics for the general reader. This global survey of language families, their distribution, spread, and - in some cases - decline is illustrated by a rich variety of maps, photographs, and tables. In a detailed account of the language families of each region of the world, interesting and sometimes unique features of grammar and vocabulary are identified and explained. The archeological, historical, cultural, or social political background where it has had an impact on the dissemination, development, or decline of a language is examined. The geographical distribution of languages - both historical and contemporary - is reflected in over 30 unique full-color maps. Points of general interest, linguistic, cultural, and historical are highlighted in special boxed features. The writing systems of the world are also examined in detail. The evolution of over 200 languages is explained and illustrated with specific examples, while photographs of ancient artifacts, manuscripts, monuments, and statues all illustrate the use of various writing systems over the last 5,000 years. Finally, the book addresses the issue of disappearing languages, as well as identifying languages that are under threat of extinction. Efforts to preserve an revive the dying languages of the world are fully discussed
Unesco thesaurus by Jean Aitchison( Book )

8 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xian dai yu yan xue ru men by Jean Aitchison( Book )

5 editions published between 1978 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu zuo zhe tong guo jian ming de yu yan gai gua di jie shao le yu yan xue de ge ge fang mian, fan ying le xian dai yu yan xue de zui xin cheng guo
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The seeds of speech : language origin and evolution
Alternative Names
Aiqiesheng, Jian 1938-


Aitchison, J.

Jean Aitchison Linguist and writer

أتشسون، جين، 1938-

جين أتشيسون، 1938-

애절생, 간 1938-

에이치슨, 진 1938-

엣치슨, 쟝 1938-

エイチソン, ジーン

Language change : progress or decay?Words in the mind : an introduction to the mental lexiconThe seeds of speech : language origin and evolutionLinguisticsThe language web : the power and problem of wordsA glossary of language and mindThe word weavers : newshounds and wordsmithsNew media languageThe atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the world