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The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language

By Steven Pinker
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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language  by Steven Pinker

The Language Instinct (1994) provides an in-depth look into the origins and intricacies of language, offering both a crash course in linguistics and linguistic anthropology along the way. By examining our knack for language, the book makes the case that the propensity for language learning is actually hardwired into our brains.

  • Anyone interested in linguistics
  • People who want to know why Noam Chomsky is so famous
  • Anyone who has ever been taken aback by how quickly their children learned to speak

Steven Pinker is an experimental psycholinguist as well as a professor of psychology at Harvard University. He is the author of six books, two of which, How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate, were Pulitzer Prize finalists.

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