Not to endorse Steven Pinker

But I have to say, I like the way ‘The Language Instinct’ is written. Although it’s sort of boring to read what is in many ways an introductory book on Linguistics, Pinker has a lot of interesting details crammed into ‘The Language Instinct’, and he also frames his discussions nicely. Instead of saying: Here’s what we know about phonetics or whatever (the way I was first taught Linguistics) Pinker goes through the chain of questions that have taken linguists in a certain direction.


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