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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date March 30, 1995
Pages 496
Binding Paperback
Edition New
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140175295
ISBN-10 0140175296
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $17.40
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Summary
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, and that language is a basic human instinct.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind is a groundbreaking study of language's origins as an evolutionary adaptation. How do we 'know' how to speak? In his landmark book Stephen Pinker shows how language is part of our genetic inheritance rather than a cultural creation. From the DNA that builds our brains to the pontification of newspaper columnists, Pinker destroys the myths about language - that children learn to talk by copying their parents, that grammatical standards are in decline, that English defies logic - revealing the innate human instinct to communicate that we are all born with. 'Reading Steven Pinker's book is one of the biggest favours I've ever done my brain ... highly accessible to the general reader yet at the same time seminal for professionals ... exhilaratingly brilliant' Richard Dawkins 'An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written' Noam Chomsky 'Brilliant ... Pinker describes every aspect of language, from the resolution of ambiguity to the way speech evolved ... he expounds difficult ideas with clarity, wit and polish' Observer 'Dazzling ... Pinker's big idea is that language is an instinct, as innate to us as language is to geese ... Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations' Independent Steven Pinker is a best-selling author and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for cognitive Neuroscience at MIT. Pinker has been awarded research prizes from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association, graduate and undergraduate teaching prizes from MIT, and book prizes from the American Psychological Association, the Linguistics Society of America and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Language Instinct.

Editions
Hardcover
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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.
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.
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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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