3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, easy to read and informative,
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This review is from: The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
This book was recommended to my by a tutor as additional reading around the topic of how we learn language. It is a great introduction to some linguistic theories and in depth enough to really get to grip on some of the theory.
As the title suggests, the book argues that we have a "language instinct." comparable to the instinct that birds have to navigate and spiders spin webs. It doesn't suggest that no linguistic input is required, rather that we are hard wired to respond to and decipher this input, or in the absence of adequately complex language. It is the sort of book that you can read for pleasure and chat about too.