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The language myth : why language is not an instinct

Author: Vyvyan Evans
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vyvyan Evans
ISBN: 9781107619753 1107619750 9781107043961 1107043964
OCLC Number: 880418779
Description: xi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Vyvyan Evans.

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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'  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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