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The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)

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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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Cover of: The Language Instinct
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)
September 4, 2007, Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Paperback in English
Cover of: The Language Instinct
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)
September 4, 2007, Harper Perennial Modern Classics
in English
Cover of: The  language instinct
The language instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
1995, HarperPerennial
in English - 1st HarperPerennial ed.
Cover of: The language instinct
The language instinct: the new science of language and mind
1994, Allen Lane
in English
Cover of: The language instinct
The language instinct
Publisher unknown
- 1st HarperPerennial ed.

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First Sentence

"As you are reading these words, you are taking part in one of the wonders of the natural world."

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P106

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Open Library
OL7289931M
ISBN 10
0061336467
ISBN 13
9780061336461
Library Thing
3585
Goodreads
869681

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