Psycholinguistics for the (Intelligent) Masses?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 885–886. Reviews the book, Homo Loquens: Man as a Talking Animal by Dennis Fry (1977). In this book, Fry covers a remarkable number of standard speech and language topics for a short book with a small format. He begins by giving the reader a very fine sense of the nature of the mental operations that must be involved in language use, and proceeds to provide surprisingly extensive descriptions of lexical representation, suprasegmental information, articulatory and acoustic characteristics of speech sounds, the working of the ear, feedback mechanisms in speech production, hemispheric lateralization, language acquisition and disorders, and some aspects of the interaction of language, thought, and expectations. In all, while the book may present a slightly uneven view of language behavior to the layreader, it is a literate, well organized, and easy to understand basic introduction to speech and language in humans. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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