The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Paperback)Steven Pinker (author)
'Dazzling... Pinker's big idea is that language is an instinct...as innate to us as flying is to geese... Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations'
'A marvellously readable book... illuminates every facet of human language: its biological origin, its uniqueness to humanity, it acquisition by children, its grammatical structure, the production and perception of speech, the pathology of language disorders and the unstoppable evolution of languages and dialects' - Nature
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 362 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
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“The Language Instinct”
I love Steven Pinker: he has a dry wit and is opinionated and intelligent so in this sense he reminds me of Bill Bryson, although I'm sure the comparison may not be well received.
The cover of this book... More
“Entertaining, though don't believe it hands-down”
Lots of interesting stories, facts and anecdotes.
Too many USA-only cultural references (many people/TV shows unknown to the non-American).
Many anglo-centric discussions about language, little serious attention to... More
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