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The Language Instinct
by Steven Pinker

This is one of the rare occasions in which a scientific text is at once an entertaining, literary fluent and a deeply rewarding read. Pinker, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Is a vowed Chomskyan, and in this book he drives home the view of language as the jewel in the crown of evolutionary psychology. Armed with awe-inspiring examples, Pinker is out to illustrate the ubiquitous but rarely understood concepts of the innate mechanism for language, "Mentalese", and Universal Grammar. One can agree or disagree with these notions, but nevertheless here they are professionally and glibly explained.


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