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The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language

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The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
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This book looks at one of the most fundamental of our species' distinguishing characteristics: the use of language. The author argues that our language abilities are part of our genetic inheritance, not a cultural artefact, bringing together Darwinian natural selection and Chomsky's linguistics. The author debunks many of the standard facts - the dozens of Eskimo words for snow, the belief that we think using language, that English is a logic-defying tongue - and shows that language is a basic human instinct.

Author Biography

Steven Pinker is a best-selling author and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for cognitive Neuroscience at MIT.
Release date NZ
March 30th, 1995
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Pages
496
Dimensions
129x198x21
ISBN-13
9780140175295
Product ID
1683650

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