Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

by Steven Pinker

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ISBN-13: 9780190259280
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,215,515
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of eight books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and, most recently, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

September 18, 1954

Place of Birth:

Montreal, Canada

Education:

B.A., McGill University, 1976; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1979

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Formal models of language learning

2. A computational theory of the mental imagery medium

3. Rules and connections in human language

4. When does human object recognition use a viewer-centered reference frame?

5. Natural language and natural selection

6. The acquisition of argument structure

7. The nature of human concepts: evidence from an unusual source

8. Why nature and nurture won't go away

9. The faculty of language: What's special about it?

10. So how does the mind work?

11. Deep commonalities between life and mind

12. Rationales for indirect speech: The theory of the strategic speaker

13. The cognitive niche: Coevolution of intelligence, sociality, and language

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