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Aitchison, Jean 1938-

Works: 59 works in 559 publications in 9 languages and 12,478 library holdings
Genres: Terminology  Dictionaries  Handbooks, manuals, etc  History  Conference proceedings  Bibliography  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
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 )
140 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 3,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Language change progress or decay? by Jean Aitchison( Book )
52 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 2,387 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 )
103 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,715 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 )
17 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,132 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 )
90 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,044 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
New media language by Jean Aitchison( )
20 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Investigating how changes to the world's media have affected, and been affected by, language this book explores a wide range of topics looking at the important and wide-ranging implications of these changes on the world - and our world-view
A glossary of language and mind by Jean Aitchison( Book )
12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 403 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 language web : the power and problem of words by Jean Aitchison( Book )
11 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 400 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
The word weavers : newshounds and wordsmiths by Jean Aitchison( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 349 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."--BOOK JACKET
Introducing language and mind by Jean Aitchison( Book )
12 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thesaurus construction and use : a practical manual by Jean Aitchison( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A practical guide to the construction of thesauri for use in information retrieval, written by leading experts in the field. Includes: planning and design; vocabulary control; specificity and compound terms; structure and relationships; auxiliary retrieval devices; multilingual thesauri; AAT Compound Term Rules. The US ANSI/NISO Z39.19 Thesaurus construction standard is also covered
Language joyriding : an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 16 November 1993 by Jean Aitchison( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
General linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )
5 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bibliographie des vocabulaires, thésaurus, vedettes-matières et systèmes de classification mono et multilingues dans le domaine des sciences sociales by G. C Allen( Book )
2 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in French and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Xian dai yu yan xue ru men by Jean Aitchison( Book )
17 editions published between 1978 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 32 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
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 )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
De sprekende aap by Jean Aitchison( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in Dutch and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overzicht van de oorsprong en ontwikkeling van de menselijke taal
Linguistics made easy by Jean Aitchison( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Everything you need to get started
Yu yan de bian hua : jin bu hai shi tui hua by Jean Aitchison( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in Chinese and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thesaurus construction: a practical manual by Jean Aitchison( Book )
3 editions published between 1972 and 1987 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Aiqiesheng, Jian 1938-
Aitchison, J.
エイチソン, ジーン
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