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Reflections on Psycholinguistic Theories

Reflections on Psycholinguistic Theories
Raiding the Inarticulate

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  • Publication planned for: February 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108404648

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  • In a work that is part memoir, part monograph, Nigel Duffield offers a set of lyrical reflections on theories of Psycholinguistics, which is concerned with how speakers use the languages they control, as well as with how such control is acquired in the first place. Written for professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike, this book offers a 'well-tempered' examination of the conceptual and empirical foundations of the field. In developing his ideas, the author draws on thirty years of direct professional experience of psycholinguistic theory and practice, across various sub-disciplines, including theoretical linguistics, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and philology. The author's personal experience as a language learner - more importantly, as the father of three bilingual children - also plays a crucial role in shaping the discussion. Using examples from popular literature, song, poetry, and comedy, the work examines many of the foundational questions that divide researchers from different intellectual traditions: these include the nature of 'linguistic competence', the arbitrariness of language, and the theoretical implications of variation between speakers and across languages.

    • Original use of literary examples, including popular literature, provides a fresh perspective on high-level topics in the psychology and philosophy of language
    • Interdisciplinary, it relates philosophical and psychological theories of language and mind, to sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, stylistics, as well to theories of arithmetic and physical architecture
    • Accessible to non-expert readers, it assumes little prior knowledge of particular linguistic theories and uses non-technical language to present its ideas
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    Advance praise: ‘This is an insightful and far ranging book on writing, its history, and how to teach it. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, scientists, educators, and accomplished writers, Dominic Wyse lays bare the power, mystique, and the pleasures of writing.' Steve Graham, Arizona State University

    Advance praise: ‘Wyse's deep dive into the history of writing will make this book an instant classic and a must-read for scholars who study any aspect of writing. It is not an ordinary history of a discipline, but a rigorous and creative text that will make readers rethink relationships between music, composing, creativity and writing across our lifespans.' Jessica Pandya, California State University, Long Beach

    Advance praise: ‘Like music of the soul with an original melody, replete with philosophical and historical notes, this book captures the very essence of writing and composition processes. Dominic Wyse's new volume switches up the tempo of current research to consider writing differently.' Kathy A. Mills, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University

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    • Publication planned for: February 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108404648
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Both Sides, Now:
    1. Breaking us in two
    2. Marr's Vision I
    3: Marr's Vision II
    Part II: Six Different Ways
    4. (Case #1): 'Lip my stocking'
    5. (Case # 2): 'There's a word for it'
    6. (Case # 3): 'Running up that hill'
    7. (Case # 4): 'Me, myself, I'
    8. (Case # 5): 'Be my number two'…won't you?
    9. (Case # 6): 'Cwucial questions'
    Part III. Say it ain't so, Joe:
    10. A is for Abstraction (and Ambiguity)
    11. B is for Arbitrariness
    12. C is for Competence~Performance, and Proficiency
    13. F is for Functions of Language
    14. G is for Grammar
    15. H is for Homogeneity
    16. I is for Internalism (I-language)
    17. J is for Judgment
    18. N is for (Chomskyan) Nativism
    19. O is for Object of Study
    20. P is for Poverty of the Stimulus (Good Arguments)
    21. R is for (Exophoric) Reference
    22. T is for Sentence
    23. V is for von Humboldt (Discrete Infinity)
    24. Ω is for Love
    Part IV. A Tale of Two Cities:
    25. 'I ain't bovvered'
    26. 'Who did say that?'

  • Author

    Nigel Duffield, Konan University, Japan
    Nigel Duffield received his university education in language and linguistics in England (Cambridge and London) and the USA (Los Angeles). A Professor of English and Linguistics at Konan University, Japan, since 2012, he has held previous positions in Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, and England. His unique perspective on psycholinguistics is informed by his interactions with psycholinguists across a wide theoretical spectrum.

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