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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (1994)

by Steven Pinker

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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. "Pinker writes with acid verve." --Atlantic Monthly "An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written." --Noam Chomsky… (more)
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Once upon a time I would have plowed through this tome, but even when I picked it up at a yard sale I have moved past my jejune hungers for omnibus explanations. Worthwhile if you can parse it tho ( )
  kencf0618 | Mar 8, 2024 |
Good read. In one of the last chapters i found a list of "traits" of a "Universal Man": a set of psychological & sociological elements intrinsical to any human individual and society world wide. A very solid rebuke to all kinds of racists & nationalists.
1 vote Den85 | Jan 3, 2024 |
Groundbreaking then, passé now ( )
  farrhon | Jul 3, 2023 |
This is one I read some time ago and cannot recall enough about to review. ( )
  mykl-s | May 23, 2023 |
beautiful explanation of a universal grammar ( )
  kaikai1 | Sep 8, 2021 |
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For Harry and Roslyn Pinker who gave me language
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I have never met a person who is not interested in language.
As you are reading these words, you are taking part in one of the wonders of the natural world.
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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. "Pinker writes with acid verve." --Atlantic Monthly "An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written." --Noam Chomsky

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