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Publisher's Summary

In this classic, the world’s expert on language and 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, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution.
The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.
©2011 Steven Pinker (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Pinker writes with acid verve." ( Atlantic Monthly)
"An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written." (Noam Chomsky)
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. C. on 10-28-12

Absolutely Amazing and Interesting

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!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 09-12-12

Good solid stuff

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.

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By Dan Tench on 04-14-18

Endlessly fascinating

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Je suis Charlie on 08-27-15

So much science i don't even

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).

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6 of 14 people found this review helpful

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By David on 06-06-16

an insightful book about language and our brain

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.

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