The Language Instinct: How The Mind Creates Language (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Dec 14, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 576 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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This is my first read from Pinker, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A very accessible and insightful book that will profoundly affect the way you think about language. Read full review

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User Review  - nmarun - LibraryThing

This is the first of Steven Pinker's book that I've read and I must say I like the way he writes. There were many instances in the book where he wrote about complex stuff in simple and effective ... Read full review

Contents

An Instinct to Acquire an Art
1
Chatterboxes
12
Mentalese
44
How Language Works
74
Words Words Words
119
The Sounds of Silence
153
Talking Heads
190
The Tower of Babel
231
Language Organs and Grammar Genes
302
The Big Bang
340
The Language Mavens
382
Mind Design
419
Notes
449
References
469
Glossary
503
Index
517

Baby Born TalkingDescribcs Heaven
265

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About the author (2010)

One of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today," Steven Pinker is the author of seven books, including How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate—both Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners of the William James Book Award. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a frequent contributor to Time and the New York Times.

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