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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Penguin Science) by [Pinker, Steven]
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"A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book.""-- New York Times Book Review""An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written.""-- Noam Chomsky""A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book.""-- New York Times Book Review""An excellent book full of wit and wisdom and sound judgement.""-- Boston Globe Book Review""An exciting book, certain to produce argument.""-- Atlantic Monthly""Somebody finally got it right. Pinker's thoroughly modern, totally engaging book introduces lay readers to the science of language in ways that are irreverant and hilarious while coherent and factually sound."-- Leila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania, President, Linguistic Society of America"A brilliant piece of work.""-- Mind and Language""Extremely important.""-- New Scientist"

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"A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book.""-- New York Times Book Review""An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written.""-- Noam Chomsky""A brilliant, witty, and altogether satisfying book.""-- New York Times Book Review""An excellent book full of wit and wisdom and sound judgement.""-- Boston Globe Book Review""An exciting book, certain to produce argument.""-- Atlantic Monthly""Somebody finally got it right. Pinker's thoroughly modern, totally engaging book introduces lay readers to the science of language in ways that are irreverant and hilarious while coherent and factually sound."-- Leila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania, President, Linguistic Society of America"A brilliant piece of work.""-- Mind and Language""Extremely important.""-- New Scientist"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2527 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Feb. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9DJW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've had this on my 'to-read' list for many years and have only recently got to it. I read a lot of non-fiction, particularly science and business books. This one, however, while very good was hard work at times. While it's very informative and often challenges the way you think about language it's also laboured at times. It gets into a lot of details and technical information, and the author seems to love quoting long passages from others. With some judicious editing, you could cut one hundred pages or so and rather than lose anything the book would probably be better.
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A well written book, with copious examples, of how language is used and how it is constructed. Pinker doesn't always agree with the status quo, but he gives some good reasons when he doesn't. But these details don't really impinge. The interest for me was in the sheer scope of the book's material. Well worth a punt if you are interested in that subject.
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The condition of the book was excellent. I am very impressed with how fast I recived the item as well. However, the book didn't look the same as the image on this website but that is a minor issues considering how brilliant the condition is and how fast I recieved it. I would reccomend this book for anyone who is looking to go to university and study Psychology or linguistics. This is also on the suggested reading list for Oxford University in the UK.
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Not convinced by his argument. Underestimates human creativity in language acquisition. Part of his arguement seems circular. Very interesting though with many good points and helps to frame the overall argument well.
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very good
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A vivid presentation of how the human mind reacts to the language. Through series of varied chapters Pinker creates space for new discoveries about language functions and expresses their relevance. A very enticing read!
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This is such a stimulating book.
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Recommended reading in my psych undergrad degree. Really good, accessible reading. Not like reading a text book!
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