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The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the World

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Forget the language instinct—this is the story of how we make up language as we go 

Language is perhaps humanity’s most astonishing capacity—and one that remains poorly understood. In The Language Game, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater show us where generations of scientists seeking the rules of language got it wrong. Language isn’t about hardwire
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 22nd 2022 by Basic Books
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عبدالرحمن عقاب
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
أطروحة بديعة في فهم اللغة؛ نشأتها وتطورها. تعتمد على فكرة الارتجال المتبادل كأساس لنموّ اللغة وتطورها. نموّ وتطوّر هدفه التواصل الفعّال.
واللغة هنا لعبة تشبه لعبة (الشاراديس*) أو ما نعرفه بالعربية بـ"من غير كلام" والتي يعتمد فيها اللاعبون وضعيات وحركات معينة يتوصلون بها إلى الكلمات. أو هي رقص مشترك يتناغم فيه الطرفان ويتفاهمان. فاللغة بكل أشكالها إن هي إلا وسيلة تواصل.غايتها التواصل الفعال، ولأجله تتطور وتتغير وتتبدّل.
واللغة هنا تعلم اجتماعي لا بيولوجي، وأساس للتطور الاجتماعي لا أداة لتطور بيول
Dec 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. This is a book that basically argues that Noam Chomsky had some great ideas, but ultimately was quite a bit wrong and quite a bit off. And yes, that is an oversimplification explicitly designed (by me) to hook you into reading this book while also giving you an idea of the ultimate direction here. The authors are consistently afraid of "anarchy" *even while actually touting its exact benefits* - their entire argument is that language (and humanity) evolve best and most usefully outs ...more
Armen Shirvanian
My interview with Professors Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater about "The Language Game"

Nicki Markus
Oct 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love learning languages, so I was intrigued to see what would unfold in The Language Game. Overall, it was an interesting and entertaining read that introduced a number of intriguing theories and examples. I thought the charades connection was particularly apt, and there was some fascinating information among the pages on how different aspects of vocabulary and grammar work in diverse languages around the globe. One or two sections felt a little dry here and there, but for the most part, I wou ...more
Meaghan Babin
Mar 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book! I found the writing to be very insightful and interesting. I was intrigued by the premise and I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.
John Dodd
Feb 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read, covering all the different ways in which language evolves, and all the factors that come into play to show that evolution. Well illustrated where a concept needed to be, and done with the intention of showing how each point works, particularly when you look at how a simple emotional decision can make all the difference between what you see and what you feel that you see.

This book is well researched and all the points are condensed to make them accessible without losi
Kristina Kincaid
May 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. As someone who studied linguistics and language development in grad school, many of the material was not new to me. However, this book is a fantastic comprehensive overview of language development and the philosophical nuances of speech and language for those not yet familiar.
Really interesting insight into the history and cognition of language, and furthermore, how language data can be interpreted by different kinds of intelligence.

Audiobook ALC via Libro.fm! But I think I'll be getting the physical book, too. It was just so interesting and contained a lot of references.
Full write-up coming soon, as I’ll be writing an actual review of this for my psycholinguistics class. For now I’ll say there are some interesting ideas at play here, and I’m curious to see how much traction these ideas will gather in the scientific and pop-sci communities.
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun!! :) Learned a lot about evolution
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