The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

Written by:
Steven Pinker
Narrated by:
Arthur Morey

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2011
18 hours 58 minutes
In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.“Pinker writes with acid verve.” —Atlantic Monthly“An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written.” —Noam Chomsky
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Great book. Very well narrated.

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Nicole L.

This explains Chomsky better than Chomsky, and the narrator made accessible all sorts of strange sounds, clicks, gutterals, and sibilants in a way not possible through any written text. For a non linguist, this made a usually boring subject quite enjoyable.

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A very informative title in the field of linguistics. When engaging with The Language Instinct, be prepared for a lot of evidence to back up points which, at times, can be tedious to listen through. Some of Poker's humour is missed in the dry narration by Arthur Morey but overall it is read well. Solid title for anyone interested in language and the mind. Can be approached by beginner's but is better suited for intermediate's in linguistics.

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