Words and Rules: The Ingredients Of Language

Words and Rules: The Ingredients Of Language

by Steven Pinker

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Overview

"If you are not already a Steven Pinker addict, this book will make you one." — Jared Diamond

In Words and Rules, Steven Pinker explores profound mysteries of language by picking a deceptively simple phenomenon — regular and irregular verbs — and examining it from every angle. With humor and verve, he covers an astonishing array of topics in the sciences and humanities, from the history of languages to how to simulate languages on computers to major ideas in the history of Western philosophy.

Through it all, Pinker presents a single, powerful idea: that language comprises a mental dictionary of memorized words and a mental grammar of creative rules. The idea extends beyond language and offers insight into the very nature of the human mind.

This is a sparkling, eye-opening, and utterly original book by one of the world's leading cognitive scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465072705
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Series: Science Masters Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 246,475
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)

About the Author

Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, studied experimental psychology at McGill University and Harvard University. He is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Pinker conducts research on languages and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and the New Republic, and is the author of several books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and most recently The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

September 18, 1954

Place of Birth:

Montreal, Canada

Education:

B.A., McGill University, 1976; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1979

Table of Contents

1. The Infinite Library
2. Dissection by Linguistics
3. Broken Telephone
4. In Single Combat
5. Word Nerds
6. Of Mice and Men
7. Kids Say the Darnedest Things
8. The Horrors of the German Language
9. The Black Box
10. A Digital Mind in an Analog World

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