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Published: 29 October 2015

400 Pages | 23 b&w illustrations


ISBN: 9780190259280

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Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

Steven Pinker

  • The only book-length collection of Steven Pinker's scholarly work
  • Essays focus on language and its connections to cognition, social relationships, child development, human evolution, and theories of human nature
  • The thirteen essays in this eclectic collection span Pinker's thirty-year career, ranging over topics such as language acquisitions, visual cognition, the meaning and syntax of verbs, regular and irregular phenomena in language and their implications for the mechanisms of cognition, and the social psychology of direct and indirect speech
  • Each outlines a major theory - such as evolution, or nature vs. nurture - or takes up an argument with other prominent scholars such as Stephen Jay Gould, Noam Chomsky, or Richard Dawkins

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