The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by STEVEN PINKERThe Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by STEVEN PINKER

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language


Paperback | September 4, 2007

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The classic book on the development of human language by the world’s leading expert on language and the mind.

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.

One ofTimemagazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today," Steven Pinker is the author of seven books, includingHow the Mind WorksandThe Blank Slate—both Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners of the William James Book Award. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a frequent contributor toTimeand theNew York Times...
Title:The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates LanguageFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:576 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.92 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.92 inPublished:September 4, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061336467

ISBN - 13:9780061336461


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great primer on linguistics A fantastic book for anyone who might be interested in language. Some chapters might be more obtuse, but you don't need a degree in linguistics to appreciate it. In my opinion, this should be required reading for all language teachers!
Date published: 2016-12-24

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"An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written." (Noam Chomsky)