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Language is an instinct,
This review is from: The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
Groundbreaking. Not only does Pinker propound that language is an instinct but conveys this by a lucid explanation, accessible but scientific. He covers all aspects of language with a clarity which is enabling for the amateur but scientific enough for the professional. His investigations explore the biological evolution of language and answer questions on the pathology of disorders found in speech. His examination of phrase structure as a fundamental requirement of the evolution of language is fascinating. Also covered stylishly but sympathetically is the nature of dialect. This book is an essential requirement for the student of language.