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The Resource The language instinct, Steven Pinker

The language instinct, Steven Pinker

Label
The language instinct
Title
The language instinct
Statement of responsibility
Steven Pinker
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Everyone has questions about language. Some are from everyday experience: Why do immigrants struggle with a new language, only to have their fluent children ridicule their grammatical errors? Why can't computers converse with us? Why is the hockey team in Toronto called the Maple Leafs, not the Maple Leaves? Some are from popular science: Have scientists really reconstructed the first language spoken on earth? Are there genes for grammar? Can chimpanzees learn sign language? And some are from our deepest ponderings about the human condition: Does our language control our thoughts? How could language have evolved? Is language deteriorating? Today laypeople can chitchat about black holes and dinosaur extinictions, but their curiosity about their own speech has been left unsatisfied - until now. In The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading scientists of language and the mind, lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, how it evolved. But The Language Instinct is no encyclopedia. With wit, erudition, and deft use of everyday examples of humor and wordplay, Pinker weaves our 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. The theory not only challenges conventional wisdom about language itself (especially from the self-appointed "experts" who claim to be safe-guarding the language hut who understand it less well than a typical teenager). It is part of a whole new vision of the human mind: not a general-purpose computer, but a collection of instincts adapted to solving evolutionarily significant problems - the mind as a Swiss Army knife. Entertaining, insightful, provocative, The Language Instinct will change the way you talk about talking and think about thinking
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pinker, Steven
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P106
LC item number
.P476 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Biolinguistics
  • Language
  • Language Development
  • Verbal Behavior
Label
The language instinct, Steven Pinker
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-472) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An instinct to acquire an art -- Chatterboxes -- Mentalese -- How language works -- Words, words, words -- The sounds of silence -- Talking heads -- The Tower of Babel -- Baby born talking -- describes heaven -- Language organs and grammar genes -- The big bang -- The language mavens -- Mind design
Control code
28723210
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
494 pages
Isbn
9780688121419
Lccn
93031842
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1581888
Label
The language instinct, Steven Pinker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-472) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An instinct to acquire an art -- Chatterboxes -- Mentalese -- How language works -- Words, words, words -- The sounds of silence -- Talking heads -- The Tower of Babel -- Baby born talking -- describes heaven -- Language organs and grammar genes -- The big bang -- The language mavens -- Mind design
Control code
28723210
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
494 pages
Isbn
9780688121419
Lccn
93031842
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1581888

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