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Language in Mind


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*Science, Language, and the Science of Language *Origins of Human Language *Language and the Brain *Learning Sound Patterns *Learning Words *Learning the Structure of Sentences *Word Recognition *Processing Sentence Structure and Meaning *Speaking *Discourse and Inference *The Social Side of Language *Language Diversity

About the Author

Julie Sedivy combines a strong background in academic research and teaching with a keen interest in scientific and literary writing for non-academic audiences. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Rochester, where she was involved in pioneering research in the use of eye movement methods for studying spoken language comprehension. She held an academic appointment in the Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences at Brown University from 1997 to 2009, where she continued her interdisciplinary research program, and garnered consistently outstanding teaching reviews. She has published more than thirty articles and chapters, and has served as Associate Editor for Linguistics and Philosophy, and as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. She currently holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Calgary, and divides her time between research/teaching and writing. She is the lead author of the popular science book Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You (John Wiley and Sons), and blogs regularly for outlets such as Discover Magazine and Language Log.


"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 "Designed as an undergraduate textbook, Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics is an essential handbook for navigating the sea of text, images, and sound that comprise our communication environment. Sedivy describes herself as having an 'incurable infatuation with language', which is energetically transmitted through Language in Mind, instantiating psycholinguistics as a course that many universities will now want to offer. 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

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