Her many years of experience as a clinician, clinical researcher, and teacher, and her leadership in international cross-linguistic aphasia studies have given her an authoritative perspective on this field. She presents both sides of current controversies clearly and fairly. These sections are two of many which are richly informed by her own research on communication patterns in aphasia. She gives serious consideration to current therapeutic approaches, including the design of augmentative and alternative communication devices and communicatively-oriented therapy, where again the sensitivity of the discussion bears witness to her own extensive clinical experience. The many points of contact between neurolinguistics and other disciplines will be of value to the professional.
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Start your review of Introduction to Neurolinguistics Write a review Mar 27, Tomek rated it liked it I think this book would benefit from being a little bit more informative and detailed in the material it covers. The chapter about bilingualism just touches a very broad topic that, I feel, would need a little bit more space in the book. The brain structures that are discussed in the text could have been referenced to the last chapter so that a novice reader could understand their placement and functions.
Generally a very sketchy introduction to the field, recommended to those who have not had I think this book would benefit from being a little bit more informative and detailed in the material it covers. Generally a very sketchy introduction to the field, recommended to those who have not had any previous experience with neurolinguistics. The most interesting and useful part for me was chapter 13, which discusses network architecture and how it can be used to model language processing.
So much in linguistics has been done following a serial processing model, e. Chapter 14 is a bare bones introduction to the parts of the brain involved in language processing. Going through a general introduction to brain anatomy and function before taking on this book would help even more; I highly recommend A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book 2nd Edition. This book suffers, in my opinion, from two major drawbacks: 1 it covers subtopics in such general terms that the chapters are more like pointers to other works than teaching texts in their own right - it only tells you that a certain area, like the various approaches to therapy for aphasia, exists, without telling you much about its content.
I also found, for example, the chapter on bilingualism chapter 9 way too short and lacking in detail, though I realize adding too much material on topics like this would probably have made the book too long and partly defeat its purpose as an introductory text. A staid, straightforward academic written style is another reason for this. Maybe we are getting spoiled by the "for Dummies" style, but snappier writing with more concrete examples really does help you learn and retain material better.
These are the reasons I deducted one star from the rating. Otherwise this is an admirable effort, and worth going through if you are at least somewhat serious about getting started in neurolinguistics. Most of the other texts I browsed through in our university library were way too technical and failed to cover the basics in a comprehensive and accessible way. But it could perhaps be further improved by adding in a little more "beef", and spunk.
Some of the chapters feel unfinished, and I believe that a lot of relevant information to an intro book was left out. Feb 02, Rikki Chadwick rated it liked it U svrhe fakulteta
Introduction to Neurolinguistics
Introduction to Neurolinguistics