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The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
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Mar 31, 15

really liked it
bookshelves: hard-sciences
Read from May 08 to 24, 2011

Pinker makes a good case, and I have learned a lot from the book. The basics of what he says are on the right track, but the details still have to be worked out. Those, however, are to be tackled side by side with evolutionary biologists.
Pinker's writing style is simply delicious. I love it when a 'serious' writer is not afraid to insert humour in his otherwise 'serious' explanations. I even used the 'sex between two cars' example to explain the difference between adjuncts and arguments to someone. So a big thumbs up for that. Even if one doesn't get anything else out of this book, those examples make it worth reading.
I also liked the rant against 'language mavens', being an avid descriptivist myself.

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05/08/2011 page 55
05/08/2011 page 55
11.0% "While I may not agree with everything Pinker says (rather his interpretations), this book warms my staunch descriptivist spirit."
05/23/2011 page 370
75.0% "Oddly enough, this book is making me think better of Chomsky!"
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