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Words and Rules : The Ingredients of Language

Words and Rules : The Ingredients of Language - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060958404

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ISBN13: 978-0060958404
ISBN10: 0060958405
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 1999
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Words and Rules : The Ingredients of Language - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060958404

Steven Pinker

ISBN13: 978-0060958404
ISBN10: 0060958405
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Perennial Library

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

How does language work, and how do we learn to speak? Why do languages change over time, and why do they have so many quirks and irregularities? In this original and totally entertaining book written in the same engaging style that illuminated his bestselling classics, The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works, Seven Pinker explores the profound mysteries of language.

By picking a deceptively simple phenomenon--regular and irregular verbs--Pinker connects an astonishing array of topics in the sciences and the humanities: the history of languages; the theories of Noam Chomosky and his critics; the attempts to create language using computer simulations of neural networks; what there is to learn from children's grammatical "mistakes"; the latest techniques in identifying genes and imaging the brain; and major ideas in the history of Western philosophy. He makes sense of all this with the help of a single, powerful idea: that language comprises a mental dictionary of memorized words and a mental grammar of creative rules. His theory extends beyond language and offers insight in the very nature of the human mind.

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Pinker, Steven : Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind. He has won several major awards for his teaching and his scientific research. Pinker is director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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