The Language Instinct

By Steven Pinker
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061336461, 576pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

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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.




About the Author
Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. His books The "Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate", and " The Better Angels of Our Nature" have won numerous prizes.
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