The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature

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Allen Lane, 2007 - Language and culture - 499 pages
18 Reviews
The Stuff of Thought is an exhilarating work of non-fiction. Surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly enjoyable, there is no other book like it - Steven Pinker will revolutionise the way you think about language. He analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and he reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. He shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary history. He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us the full power that it can have over us. And, with this book, he also shows just how stimulating and entertaining language can be.

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Review: The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

User Review  - Sarah Clement - Goodreads

If I were rating this book based on the first 4 chapters, it would get two stars. The rest of the book deserves 4 stars, so I'm meeting in the middle. The first four chapters were, from my perspective ... Read full review

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User Review  - dini - Goodreads

everyone else has written smart reviews so I will just say three things: 1) I found 8 typos and this made me more gleeful than I have any right to be 2) I enjoyed the entire book, but the chapters ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

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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