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The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2007.
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Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words. Every time we swear, we reveal something about human emotions. When we use an innuendo to convey a bribe, threat, or sexual come-on (rather than just blurting it out), we disclose something about human relationships. Our use of prepositions and tenses tap into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and our  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 9780670063277 0670063274
OCLC Number: 154308853
Description: ix, 499 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Words and worlds --
Down the rabbit hole --
Fifty thousand innate concepts (and other radical theories of language and thought) --
Cleaving the air --
The metaphor metaphor --
What's in a name? --
The seven words you can't say on television --
Games people play --
Escaping the cave.
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New York Times"-bestselling author Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best: language and human nature. The result is a fascinating look at how words explain human nature.  Read more...

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?Pinker is a star, and the world of science is lucky to have him.? ?Richard Dawkins

 
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