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The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
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Dec 13, 11

Read in October, 2011

I was told to read this book as my first assignment for my internship in the psycholinguistics lab. It was excellent. It got progressively more technical, and required more analytical thinking as I went, but it was worth it. Pinker is excellent at using examples to clarify his meaning. Since this field is of particular interest to me, the examples, which spanned dozens of obscure languages, were fascinating. Definitely worth a read if you want to learn about how every human being organizes a spoken language - the technical sections are easy to skip, with little missed except linguistic nitpicking, and the way in which we all, universally, comprehend and indeed instinctively create language is well worth reading about.

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