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The Language Instinct (Penguin Science)

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496 pages

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
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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 ("Daily Telegraph" Talking Science)
May 3, 2001, Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
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The language instinct: the new science of language and mind
2000, Penguin
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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Perennial Classics)
November 7, 2000, Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Perennial Classics)
November 7, 2000, Harper Perennial Modern Classics
in English
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The language instinct: how the mind creates language
2000, Perennial Classics
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The language instinct: how the mind creates language
2000, Perennial Classics
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The Language Instinct (Penguin Science)
March 30, 1995, Penguin Books Ltd
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The Language Instinct (Penguin Science)
March 30, 1995, Penguin Books Ltd
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The language instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
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The language instinct: the new science of language and mind
1994, Allen Lane
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The language instinct
1994, W. Morrow and Co.
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The Language Instinct ("Daily Telegraph" Talking Science)

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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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OL7349382M
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9780140175295
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3585
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