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The Language Instinct


The Language Instinct is a 1994 book by Steven Pinker, written for a general audience. Pinker argues that humans are born with an innate capacity for language. He deals sympathetically with Noam Chomsky's claim that all human language shows evidence of a universal grammar, but dissents from Chomsky's skepticism that evolutionary theory can explain the human language instinct.
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original title: The Language Instinct
subtitle: How the Mind Creates Language
language: English
date of publication: 1994
genre: essay
main subject: linguistics, psycholinguistics, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary psychology of language
followed by: How the Mind Works


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