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The language myth : why language is not an instinct

Author: Vyvyan Evans
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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"Language is central to our lives, the cultural tool that arguably sets us apart from other species. Some scientists have argued that language is innate, a type of unique human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from birth. In this book, Vyvyan Evans argues that this received wisdom is, in fact, a myth. Debunking the notion of a language 'instinct', Evans demonstrates that language is related to other animal forms of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Evans, Vyvyan.
Language myth
(DLC) 2014014932
(OCoLC)880418779
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vyvyan Evans
ISBN: 9781107358300 1107358302
OCLC Number: 893076154
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Acknowledgements; 1. Language and mind rethought; 2. Is human language unrelated to animal communication systems?; 3. Are there language universals?; 4. Is language innate?; 5. Is language a distinct module in the mind?; 6. Is there a universal Mentalese?; 7. Is thought independent of language?; 8. Language and mind regained.
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Drawing on cutting-edge research, Evans presents an alternative to the received wisdom, showing how language and the mind really work.  Read more...

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'A much-needed, comprehensive critique of universal grammar. Vyvyan Evans builds a compelling case that will be difficult to refute.' David Crystal, author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Read more...

 
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