Language, Cognition, and Human Nature by Steven Pinker

Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

bySteven Pinker

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Language, Cognition, and Human Nature collects together for the first time much of Steven Pinker's most influential scholarly work on language and cognition. Pinker's seminal research explores the workings of language and its connections to cognition, perception, social relationships, childdevelopment, human evolution, and theories of human nature. This eclectic collection spans Pinker's thirty-year career, exploring his favorite themes in greater depth and scientific detail. It includes thirteen of Pinker's classic articles, ranging over topics such as language development in children, mental imagery, the recognition of shapes, thecomputational architecture of the mind, the meaning and uses of verbs, the evolution of language and cognition, the nature-nurture debate, and the logic of innuendo and euphemism. Each outlines a major theory or takes up an argument with another prominent scholar, such as Stephen Jay Gould, NoamChomsky, or Richard Dawkins. Featuring a new introduction by Pinker that discusses his books and scholarly work, this collection reflects essential contributions to cognitive science by one of our leading thinkers and public intellectuals.

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Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of eight books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Bl...
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Title:Language, Cognition, and Human NatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Formal models of language learning2. A computational theory of the mental imagery medium3. Rules and connections in human language4. When does human object recognition use a viewer-centered reference frame?5. Natural language and natural selection6. The acquisition of argument structure7. The nature of human concepts: evidence from an unusual source8. Why nature and nurture won't go away9. The faculty of language: What's special about it?10. So how does the mind work?11. Deep commonalities between life and mind12. Rationales for indirect speech: The theory of the strategic speaker13. The cognitive niche: Coevolution of intelligence, sociality, and languageAuthor Biography

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"Pinker is a rarity among academic psychologists not only as a stylish writer, but also as a profound thinker with an ability to grasp the major issues of human nature and human evolution. Language, Cognition, and Human Nature: Selected Articles is as good an introduction as any into the range and depth of his thinking and will have general appeal beyond an academic readership." --Michael Corballis, PsycCRITIQUES