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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st edition (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713997419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713997415
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.5 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Perceptive, amusing and intelligent... You may never look at language in quite the same way again'
-- Times

`Astonishingly readable' -- Daily Telegraph

`Awesome ... Pinker writes lucidly and elegantly, and leavens the text with scores of perfectly judged anecdotes, jokes, cartoons and illustrations' -- Daily Mail

`Immensely readable and stimulating. Pinker is a master at making complex ideas palatable' -- Independent

`No one writes about language as clearly as Steven Pinker, and this is his best book yet' -- Financial Times

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"The Stuff of Thought" is an exhilarating work of non-fiction. Surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly enjoyable, there is no other book like it - Steven Pinker will revolutionise the way you think about language. He analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and he reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. He shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary history. He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us the full power that it can have over us. And, with this book, he also shows just how stimulating and entertaining language can be.

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