The author's arguments are never less than impressive, and sometimes irresistible, such is the force and panache with which they are deployed.
Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of Argument Structureby Steven Pinker
When children learn a language, they soon are able to make surprisingly subtle distinctions: 'donate them a book' sounds odd, for example, even though 'give them a book' is perfectly natural. How can this happen, given that children do not confine themselves to the sentence types they hear and that they are seldom corrected when they speak ungrammatically? Steven Pinker resolves the paradox in this book, presenting detailed theory of how children acquire argument structure.
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Learnability and Cognition is theoretically a big advance, beautifully reasoned, and a goldmine of information.
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"The author's arguments are never less than impressive, and sometimes irresistible, such is the force and panache with which they are deployed." PaulFletcher, Times Higher Education Supplement
" Learnability and Cognition is theoretically a big advance,beautifully reasoned, and a goldmine of information." Lila Gleitman,University of Pennsylvania
Meet the Author
Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor in the Department of Psychology at
Harvard University. His books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works,
The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of Our Nature
have won numerous prizes.
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Date of Birth:
- September 18, 1954
- Place of Birth:
- Montreal, Canada
- B.A., McGill University, 1976; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1979
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