The Language Instinct

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HarperPerennial, Jan 1, 1994 - Biolinguistics - 494 pages
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In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.

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The theory and research examples held up. - Goodreads
It evolved by natural selection. - Goodreads
... and to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition. - Goodreads

Review: The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

User Review  - Donna Woodwell - Goodreads

This was a fabulous overview of linguistics for the non-linguist. Not exactly light reading, though Pinker's dry humor makes it fun. His basic premise is that language is an evolutionary adaptation of ... Read full review

Review: The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

User Review  - Jon Stout - Goodreads

In this very entertaining book, Steven Pinker has given a kind of overview and popularization of contemporary linguistics, as developed by Noam Chomsky. He argues that there is a language instinct ... Read full review

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Steven Pinker is an authority on language and the mind. He is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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