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The Psychology of Language
An Integrated Approach

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January 2015 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Breaking through the boundaries of traditional psycholinguistics textbooks, The Psychology of Language: An Integrated Approach takes an integrated, cross-cultural approach that weaves the latest developmental and neuroscience research into every chapter. Separate chapters on bilingualism and sign language and integrated coverage of the social aspects of language acquisition and language use provide a breadth of coverage not found in other texts. In addition, rich pedagogy in every chapter and an engaging conversational writing style help students understand the connections between core psycholinguistic material and findings from across the psychological sciences.


 
Chapter 1: Animal Communication and Human Language
 
Section 1.1: Animal Communication Systems
Section 1.2: Human Language

 
Section 1.3: Evolution of Language

 
Section 1.4: Living Fossils

 
 
Chapter 2: The Science of Language
Section 2.1: Scientific Method

 
Section 2.2: Experiment Design

 
Section 2.3: Behavioral Techniques

 
Section 2.4: Language and the Brain

 
 
Chapter 3: Speech Perception
Section 3.1: Auditory Perception

 
Section 3.2: The Speech Stream

 
Section 3.3: The Development of Speech Perception

 
Section 3.4: Theories of Speech Perception

 
 
Chapter 4: Speech Production
Section 4.1: The Vocal Tract and the Production of Speech

 
Section 4.2: Speech Areas of the Brain

 
Section 4.3: Models of Speech Production

 
Section 4.4: Development of Speech Production

 
 
Chapter 5: Words
Section 5.1: Anatomy of a Word

 
Section 5.2: How Words Are Learned

 
Section 5.3: How Words Are Stored

 
Section 5.4: How Words Are Retrieved

 
 
Chapter 6: Sentences
Section 6.1: Sentence Structure

 
Section 6.2: Comprehending Sentences

 
Section 6.3: Producing Sentences

 
Section 6.4: Learning Syntactic Structure

 
 
Chapter 7: Discourse
Section 7.1: Conversation

 
Section 7.2: Narrative and Reference

 
Section 7.3: Anaphora and Inference

 
Section 7.4: Development of Discourse Abilities

 
 
Chapter 8: Reading and Writing
Section 8.1: Writing Systems

 
Section 8.2: Cognitive Processes in Reading

 
Section 8.3: Development of Reading Skills

 
Section 8.4: Cognitive Processes in Writing

 
 
Chapter 9: Bilingualism
Section 9.1: The Bilingual Experience

 
Section 9.2: Organization of the Bilingual Mind

 
Section 9.3: Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism

 
Section 9.4: Second Language Acquisition

 
 
Chapter 10: Signed Language
Section 10.1: Sign Language Communities

 
Section 10.2: Characteristics of Signed Languages

 
Section 10.3: Language Acquisition in Deaf Children

 
Section 10.4: Deaf Culture

 
 
Chapter 11: Language Development Across the Lifespan
Section 11.1: Infancy

 
Section 11.2: The Preschool Years

 
Section 11.3: The School-Age Years

 
Section 11.4: Adulthood and Aging

 
 
Chapter 12: Language, Culture, and Thought
Section 12.1: Words and Thought

 
Section 12.2: Grammar and Thought

 
Section 12.3: Figurative Language

 
Section 12.4: Taboo Language

 
 
Chapter 13: Language and Technology
Section 13.1 Cell Phones

 
Section 13.2: Texting

 
Section 13.3: Natural Language Processing

 
Section 13.4: Artificial Intelligence

 

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, written by David Ludden, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, written by David Ludden, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Each chapter includes audio links related to important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Each chapter includes audio links, covering important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text.
  • Carefully selected video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.

Very intense and compact introduction that goes well beyond the essentials of an overview into psycholinguistics. Complicated matters convincingly put into neat and vivid explanations and graphics.

Ms Roswitha Kersten-Pejanic
Department of Slavic studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
August 26, 2014

A very nicely presented book covering a wide range of traditional topics and including more contemporary research findings. Useful glossary and wide range of referenced journal articles.

Mr Mike Ford
CELFS, Bristol University
July 21, 2014
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • The traditional topics of psycholinguistics are integrated with relevant and recent findings across the breadth of psychology, including neuroscience, cognitive, evolutionary, social, and cross-cultural approaches.
  • Each topic, such as speech perception or sentence production, is considered from multiple perspectives, providing a comprehensive overview of the latest findings in the field.
  • Short sections of relatively equal length provide instructors maximum flexibility in selecting topics specifically relevant to their course.
  • "Cross-Cultural Perspective" boxes emphasize findings in North America and around the world.
  • A Preview-Study-Review framework in every chapter includes summary outlines, questions after each chapter section, and chapter-ending critical thinking questions and summaries.
  • Guided "Google It!" exercises interspersed throughout each chapter provide a starting point for further research and exploration on key topics.
  • The latest research in the field is incorporated throughout with citations predominantly within the last ten years.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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