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Aitchison, Jean 1938-

Works: 51 works in 808 publications in 8 languages and 13,331 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terminology  Handbooks and manuals  History  Classification  Conference papers and proceedings  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Compiler, Redactor, Originator
Classifications: P37, 417.7
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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 )

161 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chapter by chapter, Jean Aitchison tackles the basic questions central to the study of psycholinguistics such as: Is language restricted to humans? Is there biological evidence for innate language activity? Exactly how do children learn language?
Language change : progress or decay? by Jean Aitchison( Book )

124 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,813 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
The seeds of speech : language origin and evolution by Jean Aitchison( Book )

48 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She explains why language is so strange, outlines recent theories about its origin, and discusses possible paths of evolution. Finally, she considers what holds all languages together, and prevents them from becoming unlearnably different from one another
Linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

100 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 993 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 )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 469 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 396 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 374 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 )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings leading media figures and scholars together to debate the shifting relations between the media and contemporary language. From newspapers and television to email, the internet and text messaging, there are ever increasing media conduits for the news. This book investigates how developments in world media have affected, and been affected by, language
Introducing language and mind by Jean Aitchison( Book )

14 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A practical guide to the construction of thesauri for use in information retrieval, written by leading experts in the field
Wörter im Kopf : eine Einführung in das mentale Lexikon by Jean Aitchison( Book )

10 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

General linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Mensch -- das sprechende Wesen : eine Einführung in die Psycholinguistik by Jean Aitchison( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in German and English and held by 88 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 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aitchison's linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A straightforward introduction to the subject of linguistics, designed to help you get to grips with the basic concepts and essential terminology
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 )

6 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 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thesaurofacet: a thesaurus & faceted classification for engineering & related subjects by Jean Aitchison( Book )

15 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unesco thesaurus : a structured list of descriptors for indexing and retrieving literature in the fields of education, science, social science, culture, and communication by Unesco( Book )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of London Computer Centre presents the UNESCO Thesaurus, a controlled vocabulary developed by UNESCO. The thesaurus includes subject terms for such areas as education, science, culture, social and human sciences, information and communication, politics, law, and economics. The thesaurus also includes the names of countries and groupings of countries
The language web by Jean Aitchison( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The seeds of speech : language origin and evolution
Alternative Names
Ačīsūn, Ǧīn 1938-

Aiqiesheng, Jian 1938-


Aitchison, J.

AL:艾奇逊, 琼

Jean Aitchison Linguist and writer

أتشسون، جين، 1938-

جين أتشيسون، 1938-

애절생, 간 1938-

에이치슨, 진 1938-

엣치슨, 쟝 1938-

エイチスン, J.

エイチスン, ジーン

エイチソン, ジーン

English (555)

German (22)

Chinese (10)

Spanish (7)

Italian (4)

Dutch (2)

French (1)

Persian (1)

Language change : progress or decay?The 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 languageThesaurus construction and use : a practical manualAitchison's linguistics