The Language Instinct

  • by Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"Pinker writes with acid verve." (Atlantic Monthly)
"An extremely valuable book, very informative, and very well written." (Noam Chomsky)

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Customer Reviews

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So much science i don't even

What did you like most about The Language Instinct?

All the science therein.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Stephen Pinker. I think his hair is fabulous.


What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

I liked his mouth words.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The bit about the pixie children is probably the bit that sticks most in my mind.


Any additional comments?

Good book. Read it. (Or listen to it as the case may be).

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio