In this accessible introduction, Mike Sharwood Smith provides a working model or 'map' of the mind, with language as its centrepiece.
Drawing on cutting-edge research across linguistics, psychology and neuroscience, it allows students to quickly grasp how each separate aspect of the mind's operations can be related.
This 'big picture' view includes the way the mind makes, stores and loses memories of all kinds as well how its various 'expert systems' combine and collaborate to solve, typically beyond our conscious awareness, the myriad of tasks we are faced with every minute and millisecond of our existence.
The book also focuses on language, that is, the mind of monolingual, bilingual and multilingual speakers.
It will be of interest to all students wishing to learn more about the complex relationship between language - one of the most important ways in which we define ourselves as human - and the mind.