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Aitchison, Jean 1938-

Works: 60 works in 752 publications in 9 languages and 13,057 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terminology  Handbooks and manuals  Classification  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Redactor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: P37, 401.9
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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 )

164 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,626 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 )

115 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book attempts to answer such questions by giving a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change
Words in the mind : an introduction to the mental lexicon by Jean Aitchison( Book )

104 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,600 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 )

41 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,266 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 )

101 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,024 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 )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 463 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 )

14 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 416 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 )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 365 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( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 146 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
Thesaurus construction and use : a practical manual by Jean Aitchison( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A practical guide to the construction of thesauri for use in information retrieval, written by leading experts in the field
Construire un thésaurus : manuel pratique by Jean Aitchison( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in French and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

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

Aitchison's linguistics by Jean Aitchison( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and French and held by 79 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
Language joyriding : an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 16 November 1993 by Jean Aitchison( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 76 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 )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in French and English and held by 55 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

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

13 editions published between 1978 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 28 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 )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linguistics made easy by Jean Aitchison( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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-

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 language