Steven PINKER is professor and director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research in visual cognition and in child language acquisition earned him the Distinguished Early Career Award and several other awards. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In the Language Instinct, Steven Pinker,
one of the world's leading scientists of language and the 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, how it
But it is no encyclopedia. It is part of a whole new vision of the human mind: not a general-purpose computer, but a collection of instincts adapted to solving evolutionarily significant problems - the mind as a Swiss Army knife.
Entertaining, insightful, provocative, The Language Instinct will change the way you talk about talking and think about thinking.