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  • Published: 22 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141980775
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

The Language Instinct

The New Science Of Language And Mind


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How do babies learn to speak? Why are there so many languages? Do we think in our mother tongue? Who decides what's correct English? How did language evolve?  In this landmark book, Pinker explains the mysteries of language within a coherent theory: that language is an adaptation for communication.

How do babies learn to speak? Why are there so many languages? Do we think in our mother tongue? Who decides what's correct English? How did language evolve?  In this landmark book, Pinker explains the mysteries of language within a coherent theory: that language is an adaptation for communication.
'Dazzling . . . Pinker's big idea is that language is as innate to us as flying is to geese . . . Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations.' Independent 
'Reading Steven Pinker's book is one of the biggest favours I've ever done my brain . . . exhilaratingly brilliant.' Richard Dawkins 
'An extremely valuable book.' Noam Chomsky 
'Brilliant.' Observer

Now with a new afterword

  • Pub date: 22 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141980775
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching and scientific research, Pinker is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

http://stevenpinker.com

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