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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Perennial Classics)by Steven Pinker
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In this classic study, the world's leading expert on language and the mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about languages: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it envolved. With wit, erudition, and deft use it everyday 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 like web spinning in spiders or sonar bats.
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.
"A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book." New York Times Book Review
"An excellent book full of wit and wisdom and sound judgment." Boston Globe Book Review
"An exciting book, certain to produce argument." Atlantic Monthly
"Somebody finally got it right. Pinker's thoroughly modern, totally engaging book introduces lay readers to the science of language in ways that are irreverent and hilarious while coherent and factually sound." Leila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania, President, Linguistic Society of America
This classic study of the development of the human language explains how language works, how it is learned, how it has evolved, and argues that language is a biological function.
About the Author
Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind. He has won several major awards for his teaching and his scientific research. Pinker is director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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