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The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language

by Steven Pinker

On Sale: 09/04/2007

Price: $17.99

The Language Instinct

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The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language

by Steven Pinker

On Sale: 09/04/2007

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Price: $17.99

About the Book

In The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, weaves his vast knowledge of language into a compelling theory: that language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution like web spinning in spiders or sonar in bats.

Along the way, The Language Instinct lucidly explains the important issues your students need to know about language: how it works, how it evolved, how children learn it, how the brain computes it, and how it changes.

“A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book.”—New York Times Book Review

Critical Praise

"A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book." — New York Times Book Review

"An excellent book full of wit and wisdom and sound judgement." — Boston Globe Book Review

"An exciting book, certain to produce argument." — Atlantic Monthly

"A brilliant piece of work." — Mind and Language

"Extremely important." — New Scientist

“An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written.” — Noam Chomsky

“Somebody finally got it right. Pinker’s thoroughly modern, totally engaging book introduces lay readers to the science of language in ways that are irreverant and hilarious while coherent and factually sound.” — Leila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania, President, Linguistic Society of America

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061336461
  • ISBN 10: 0061336467
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 09/04/2007
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.920 in (d)
  • Pages: 576
  • List Price: $17.99
  • BISAC1 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
  • BISAC2 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
  • BISAC3 : SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects