I took one linguistics class and did a number of rhetoric classes so I thought that I would find this book accessible. “In the speech sound wave, one word runs into the next seamlessly; there are no little silences between spoken words the way there are white spaces between written words. My synopsis is that it partially succeeds with the former but definitely fails with the latter. A good portion of this book can be summed up in the relatively simple graph that was making the rounds on Twitter a while back: When it comes to something I don't know much about, I'm pretty easily swayed by other people's arguments. by Harper Perennial Modern Classics, The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language. It's interesting, don't get me wrong, it's just LONG and has enough dull/confusing stretches that I couldn't bring myself to read it in my free time - it was pretty much a train-only book.
Is there practical information in this book about learning languages and stuff like that? As a process for language acquisition, it sounds mundane, but the results and the possibilities are spectacular. I just finished reading the most challenging non-fiction leisure book I have ever read: Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct. In “The Language Instinct”, the author takes a closer look at how language works and discusses different theories regarding its origins. The opposing school of thought argues that although the cognitive underpinnings of language are innate (having developed in evolutionary time), language itself is more like a new machine made out of old parts, which develops in social interaction and cannot be localized in any set of genes or related to any "instinct.". Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. He frames linguistic nativism as a non-negotiable fact when actually, there is a fierce debate within linguistics which is moving away from ideas of those like Steven Pinker and Noam Chomsky. That's nonsense. A well written, thought-provoking critique of linguistic nativism. Still, I did find it interesting, and while the book looks deceptively slim for how long it took me to get through it, Pinker expresses his arguments clearly, with examples and sourcing, etc. We say things like 'look at those puppies there, they are much smaller than these ones here'. I get that. When talking about grammar. Not a criticism of the book but just a mismatch of interest. I really liked the book because of how the author proves his points, he cites great examples and quotes responses from interviews that he did. Pinker is a fabulous author and has an interesting story to tell with this one. The only really good counterargument to this would have been his description of deaf children and their own "invented" signs when not taught this initially. Pinker is a fabulous author and has an interesting story to tell with this one.
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