Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon

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Words in the Mind deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the ones they want. It discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or ‘mental lexicon, with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers.


  • Discusses the structure and content of the human word-store, or 'mental lexicon'.
  • Features a highly informative and accessible account of a central area of research.
  • Incorporates new research on the mental lexicon.
  • Written by a prominent researcher of the mental lexicon, language change, and the language of the media.

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This book deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them, and find the ones they want. It discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or 'mental lexicon' with particular reference to the spoken language of native English speakers. Since the first two editions of Words in the Mind were published, work on the lexicon has exploded. This is reflected in this new edition, which contains substantial additions. One new chapter has been added on layering and meaning change, and several others have been considerably expanded. The notes and suggestions for further reading have been updated, and numerous new references have been included. The book remains accessible in style and easy to read for both undergraduates and non-specialists.

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This book deals with words, and how humans learn them, remember them, understand them and find the ones they want. It discusses the structure and content of the human word-store or ‘mental lexicon’ with particular reference to the spoken language of those with English as their native language.

Since the first two editions of Words in the Mind were published, work on the lexicon has expanded quickly. This growth is reflected in this third edition, which contains substantial new material. There is an extra chapter on layering and meaning change, and several others have been considerably enlarged. The notes and suggestions for further reading have been updated, and many new references have been included.


The book remains accessible in style and easy to read for both undergraduates and non-specialists.

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