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Aitchison, Jean 1938-

Works: 47 works in 736 publications in 10 languages and 13,039 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Dictionaries  Terminology  Maps  Handbooks and manuals  History  Classification  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Redactor, Other
Classifications: P121, 410
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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 2,664 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 )

118 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 4 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 )

112 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,741 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 )

46 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,286 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 : an introduction by Jean Aitchison( Book )

87 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,003 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
A glossary of language and mind by Jean Aitchison( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 402 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 )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Japanese and held by 396 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 )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 371 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 164 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 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and French and held by 154 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 : an introductory survey by R. H Robins( 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 )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in French and English and held by 56 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 )

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

Unesco thesaurus by Jean Aitchison( Book )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 15 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
Tesauro internacional de terminología sobre los refugiados by Jean Aitchison( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Tesauro se ha concebido para su utilización por las organizaciones que se ocupan de la labor de documentación relativa a los refugiados, especialmente por los miembros actuales y futuros de la Red Internacional de Documentación sobre los Refugiados. La necesidad de un tesauro multilingue se reconoció muy pronto, con ocasión de la reunión de Bergisch-Gladbach de noviembre de 1986, en la que se decidió crear la Red. El Tesauro comprende una amplia gama de temas directa o indirectamente relacionados con los refugiados. Conceptos particulares aplicados a los refugiados son : 1) Grupos de interés, con inclusión de migrantes, refugiados, grupos étnicos y nacionales, y nacionalidades y grupos regionales; 2) Refugiados : problemas, acciones y soluciones con inclusión de condiciones en el pais de origen, causas de la huída, movimientos de refugiados, recepción derecho de los refugiados, protección, asistencia, respuesta temporal, y soluciones duraderas; 3) Agentes de ayuda a los refugiados, con inclusión de organizaciones intergubernamentales y no gubernamentales y del personal de agencias para refugiados. Entre los temas asociados figuran la mayoría de los compos del conocomiento, pero sobre todo de los que más relación guardan con los refugiados. Los temas seleccionados van desde Conflicto, Derechos humanos, Cultura, Politica, y Educatión hasta Agricultura, Salud, Transporte, Gestión e Investigación. Los términos correspondientes a las zonas geográficas, con inclusión de los países y regiones, figuran en la parte principal del Tesauro
Unesco thesaurus by Unesco( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries 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

Language change : progress or decay?Words in the mind : an introduction to the mental lexiconThe seeds of speech : language origin and evolutionLinguistics : an introductionA glossary of language and mindThe language web : the power and problem of wordsThe word weavers : newshounds and wordsmithsNew media language