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How the Mind Creates Language

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The language instinct

How the Mind Creates Language

1st HarperPerennial ed.
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Publisher
HarperPerennial
Language
English
Pages
494

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From the Preface...

I have never met a person who is not interested in language. I wrote this book to try to satisfy that curiosity. Language is beginning to submit to that uniquely satisfying kind of understanding that we call science, but the news has been kept a secret.

For the language lover, I hope to show that there is a world of elegance and richness in quotidian speech that far outshines the local curiosities of etymologies, unusual words, and fine points of usage.

For the reader of popular science, I hope to explain what is behind the recent discoveries (or, in many cases, nondiscoveries) reported in the press: universal deep structures, brainy babies, grammar genes, artifically intelligent computers, neural networks, signing chimps, talking Neanderthals, idiot savants, feral children, paradoxical brain damage, identical twins separated at birth, color pictures of the thinking brain, and the search for the mother of all languages. I also hope to answer many natural questions about languages, like why there are so many of them, why they are so hard for adults to learn, and why no one seems to know the plural of Walkman.

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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)
September 4, 2007, Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)
September 4, 2007, Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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The language instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
1995, HarperPerennial
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The language instinct: the new science of language and mind
1994, Allen Lane
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Table of Contents

Title Page
Dedication
Preface
1 An Instinct to Acquire an Art
2 Chatterboxes
3 Mentalese
4 How Language Works
5 Words, Words, Words
6 The Sounds of Silence
7 Talking Heads
8 The Tower of Babel
9 Baby Born Talking—Describes Heaven
10 Language Organs and Grammar Genes
11 The Big Bang
12 The Language Mavens
13 Mind Design
Notes
References
Glossary

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 447-472) and index.
Originally published: New York : W. Morrow and Co., c1994.

Other Titles
How the mind creates language

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
400
Library of Congress
P106 .P476 1995, P106 .P476 1994, P106.P476 1995

The Physical Object

Pagination
494 p. :
Number of pages
494

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1113243M
Internet Archive
languageinstinct00pink
ISBN 10
0060976519
LC Control Number
94039138, 93031842
Library Thing
3585
Goodreads
537016

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