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4.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 5 4.05 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pinker Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/11/2014

    " I was calling Steven Pinker Jake's boyfriend long before Judd Apatow invented the bromance. Anyway, now I see why Jake loves him so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ghola | 2/3/2014

    " Pinker is a bit of a Chomsky-ite when it comes to theory, and opposes the Sapir/Whorf hypothesis. He does manage to clarify Chomsky somewhat. I found the book engaging and well written. Even the parts I wholeheartedly disagreed with. I look forward to reading more of his stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 1/25/2014

    " This book was doubly interesting as I watched my daughter develop language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 1/24/2014

    " fascinating book if you are into language - the history of languages, how children develop language, idiosyncrasies in language, etc. It's basically a textbook but a very interesting one at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/24/2014

    " The audiobook version from Brilliance audio is narrated by an automaton, making it almost impossible to enjoy any insights provided by Pinker. I highly recommend avoiding this version at all costs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Paul | 1/21/2014

    " Great survey of linguistics by an apparently fairly well respected dude from MIT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neven | 1/21/2014

    " A classic of popular (and at times, fairly academic) linguistics. The ideal gift for someone with an interest in language who's tired of hearing nothing about it in the mainstream but arguments over "proper" English and word origin fairy tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/18/2014

    " It is quite dense but extremely interesting!!!!! Pinker has written many books that I would like to get my hands on some day. He really makes you think and, in my opinion, that's what makes a great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Pawlowski | 1/1/2014

    " popular science writing at its best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yotamhod24 | 12/29/2013

    " explains a lot about how language is an extinct. important to read if you want to engage in contemporary debates relating to human mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr.david | 11/28/2013

    " A great popular introduction to cognitive linguistics. Pinker is a master at explaining complex ideas to simpletons like myself... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 11/19/2013

    " As a writer, this book of Dr. Pinker's is my bible, the go-to book when I need clarification about the vagaries of our language. What's more, if you want a chance to "enjoy" grammar and language, pick up this book today. It's a gem on my bookshelf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 11/9/2013

    " Irritating book full of too-clever anecdotes. Some interesting information, but still. Eh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaheen | 9/30/2013

    " I found this book to be a very interesting perspective on launguage. The examples were fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mcruz | 9/26/2013

    " One of the best introductions to linguistics I've ever read. Absolutely recommended for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/3/2013

    " mostly just presents what is already widely accepted in linguistics in a readable way, if i remember. of course, linguistics has completely changed in the last 50 years or so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.M. | 8/25/2012

    " This was in my reading list before I started university, to get a taste of what Linguistics is all about. It's actually quite well-written, covers many of the main topics, and does it all in a conversational tone, easy to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 6/1/2012

    " If you're into linguistics, read this. In fact, read anything by Pinker. No, really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 5/9/2012

    " Didn't finish this one. Oh well. The description made it sound very, very interesting, but it just didn't engage me. Nuggets of relevance amid mountains and mountains of sentence diagramming and deconstruction. Don't expect to go back and finish it either. Oh well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Hallgren | 2/28/2012

    " had a lot of interesting case studies, which seemed to be more interesting than the rest of the content of the book which was written in such language as to be very slow and labored reading. Kind of ironic when you think about the subject matter... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 2/8/2012

    " Not just fascinating but witty and well written too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Peterson | 1/8/2012

    " This is a fantastic book. It describes in great detail, yet in layman terms, how the linguistic portion of our brain works. It also points out how all human minds are alike in this respect. It helped me understand a great deal about how we think in terms of language. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, he is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for the New York Times, Time, the New Republic, and other magazines.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.