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I loved this book! The narration is great. It's all about language and linguistics. You will find out why it's easier to learn a language as a child. How the chimps never really caught on to language like we thought they would. Why it's not really true that you think differently when speaking a different language. All language started as a proto world language and two languages in Africa directly descended from that. Go ahead, you can end a sentence with a preposition. That rule is just made-up! Learn why. This book kept me enthralled form start to finish. Includes some interesting cases of medical language defects and what they tell us. Easy to listen to and understand, and it's fun!!!
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
A very interesting and convincing argument to claim that the human ability to use language must have some basis in a genetic, instinctive 'grammar module' in the brain.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
A brilliant book full of learning and erudition. Ad often with Pinker, some sections get a little involved particularly for an audio book but overall a masterful piece of work.
What did you like most about The Language Instinct?
All the science therein.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Stephen Pinker. I think his hair is fabulous.
What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?
I liked his mouth words.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The bit about the pixie children is probably the bit that sticks most in my mind.
Any additional comments?
Good book. Read it. (Or listen to it as the case may be).
6 of 14 people found this review helpful
this book brings many new perspectives of language. it also explained a lot of things i didn't understand when acquiring English as a second language.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful