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Language in Mind

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

by (author) Julie Sedivy

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2019
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    Publish Date
    May 2014
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2019
    List Price

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Provides a broad, introductory survey to psycholinguistics that will remain relevant to students whether they continue in the field or not

Julie Sedivy's Language in Mind, Second Edition provides an exceptionally accessible introduction to the challenging task of learning psycholinguistic research, theory, and application. Through a research-based approach, the text addresses important questions and approaches, reflecting a variety of theoretical orientations and viewpoints, provoking a sense of curiosity about language and the structures in the mind and brain that give rise to it, and emphasizing not just what psycholinguists know, but how they've come to know it.

About the author

Aritha van Herk teaches Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and Contemporary Narrative at the University of Calgary. van Herk is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and is active in Canada’s literary and cultural life, writing articles and reviews as well as creative work. Her novel, No Fixed Address, was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. She is well known in the broader community of the city, the province, and the country as a writer and a public intellectual.

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Editorial Reviews

"Designed as an undergraduate textbook, Language in Mind is an essential handbook for navigating the sea of text, images, and sound that comprise our communication environment. . . . Overall, the daunting complexities of brain and communication research are approached in a clear and instructive manner. Sedivy encourages readers to critically assess the experimental methods that produced our current knowledge, pushing students to devise their own methods to test hypotheses as well as providing model after model of how to determine the parameters and limitations of an experiment. It would be a joy to teach using this book." --Gwyneth Sutherlin, London School of Economics and Political Science book review

For the previous edition: "This is a phenomenal textbook. Julie Sedivy writes with incredible clarity about the still relatively murky field of psycholinguistics. All the main areas of psycholinguistics are very accessibly covered." --Judith Degen, Stanford University

"It's by far the best textbook on this subject. Sedivy's research background and her skills as a science writer make a great combination." --Adele Goldberg, Princeton University

"Language in Mind is an introductory textbook that provides a broad perspective on psycholinguistics in an engaging and accessible way. I highly recommend it to both instructors and students who are looking for a good starting point for psycholinguistics or language science." --Heeju Hwang, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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