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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date October 1, 2000
Pages 525
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060958336
ISBN-10 0060958332
Dimensions 1.25 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $15.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Building a bridge between 'innatists' and 'social interactionists,' a researcher contends that the capacity for language is wired into our brains by evolution and examines the relationship between words and thoughts, the proliferation of language, and the 'language mavens.' Reprint. (view table of contents)
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In this classic study, the world's leading expert on language and the mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about languages: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it envolved.  With wit, erudition, and deft use it everyday 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 like web spinning in spiders or sonar bats.  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.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780688121419
 
from William Morrow & Co (February 1, 1994)
9780688121419 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.75 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $23.00
About: The codirector of the MIT Center for Cognitive Science explains how language works, how it differs from thought, why adults have difficulty learning foreign languages, and why computers cannot learn human language
Paperback
Book cover for 9780060958336 Book cover for 9780061336461 Book cover for 9780140175295
 
1 reprint edition from Harper Perennial Modern Classics (September 1, 2007)
9780061336461 | details & prices | 526 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $17.99
About: 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.
The price comparison is for this edition
1 edition from Perennial (October 1, 2000)
9780060958336 | details & prices | 525 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The codirector of the MIT Center for Cognitive Science explains how language works, how it differs from thought, why adults have difficulty learning foreign languages, and why computers cannot learn human language.
New edition from Gardners Books (March 30, 1995)
9780140175295 | details & prices | 496 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $17.40
About: Looks at one of the most fundamental of our species' distinguishing characteristics: the use of language.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781455839681 Book cover for 9781455839704 Book cover for 9781491514986
 
With Arthur Morey (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (April 22, 2014)
9781491514986 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $9.99
About: 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 Arthur Morey (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (December 6, 2011)
9781455839681 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.74 lbs | List price $29.99
About: 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 Arthur Morey (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (December 6, 2011)
9781455839704 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.26 lbs | List price $24.99
About: 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.

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