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Author: Steven Pinker Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781501261039
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“Deliciously erudite.” —William Safire, New York Times Magazine

“A riveting detective story.” —Chicago Tribune

Steven Pinker, author of the landmark bestsellers The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate—and one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists—offers an eye-opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language in Words and Rules. First published in 2000, Words and Rules remains one of Pinker’s most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and the how language makes us human.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deliciously erudite.”

    New York Times Magazine

  • “A riveting detective story.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Pinker’s enthusiasm for the subject infects the reader, particularly as he emphasizes the relation between how we communicate and how we think…Words and Rules is an excellent introduction to and overview of current thinking about language, and will greatly reward the careful reader with new ways of thinking about how we think, talk, and write.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “It is serious linguistic business that he [Pinker] is about, but what fun he has with it! Turning languages (mostly English) inside out, upside down and backward, he seeks to show through the way people say things something of how the mind works.”

    Scientific American

  • “Pinker argues that our brains exhibit both kinds of thought, and that we can see them both in English verbs: rule application (“combination”) governs regular verbs, memory (“lookup”) handles irregulars. The interplay of the two characterizes all language, perhaps all thought…crisp prose and neat analogies, makes required reading for anyone interested in cognition and language.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Pinker] has…contributed voluminously to scientific literature in the still youthful field of cognitive science. In explaining how language works and how we learn it, he summarizes current research and competing theoretical models in an extremely readable and enjoyable style. With this title and with his previous ones…Pinker joins Stephen J. Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett as one of the great popularizers of modern science.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Author Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, a New York Times bestselling author,is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won many awards for his research, teaching, and books. Hhe has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for the Audie Award. He has acted in a number of productions, both Off-Broadway in New York and Off-Loop in Chicago. 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. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.