The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language And Changed The World

February 22, 2022|
The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language And Changed The World by Morten H. Christiansen
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Forget the language instinct—this is the story of how we make up language as we go 

Language is perhaps humanity’s most astonishing capacity—and one that remains poorly understood. In The Language Game, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater show us where generations of scientists seeking the rules of language got it wrong. Language isn’t about hardwired grammars but about near-total freedom, something like a game of charades, with the only requirement being a desire to understand and be understood. From this new vantage point, Christiansen and Chater find compelling solutions to major mysteries like the origins of languages and how language learning is possible, and to long-running debates such as whether having two words for “blue” changes what we see. In the end, they show that the only real constraint on communication is our imagination. 

Morten H. Christiansen is the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor of psychology at Cornell University as well as a senior scientist at the Haskins Labs and professor in cognitive science of language at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and has edited fou...
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Title:The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language And Changed The World
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9.5 X 6.25 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.5 X 6.25 X 1 in
Published:February 22, 2022
Publisher:Basic Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781541674981

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