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Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
 
 
Author
Steven Pinker.
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicholson  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780297816478
Pages/Publication Date 348/1999
Daedalus Item Code 32933
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This often hilarious book from the author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works is full of insights into the philosophy of language as it explores a single linguistic phenomenon—regular and irregular verbs—through the lenses of psychology, biology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and child development. Psychologist Steven Pinker immerses readers in the evolution of the English language, the theories of Noam Chomsky and of his critics, the simulation of neural networks on computers, the illuminating errors of children as they begin to speak, and the tragic loss of language from neurological disease—and includes more illustrations using humorous wordplay than anyone would have thunk possible.
 
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