The Language Instinct

The Language Instinct

The codirector of the MIT Center for Cognitive Science explains how language works, how it differs from thought, why adults have difficulty learning foreign languages, and why computers cannot learn human language. 75,000 first printing.

Author: Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

ISBN: UCSC:32106015865568

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The codirector of the MIT Center for Cognitive Science explains how language works, how it differs from thought, why adults have difficulty learning foreign languages, and why computers cannot learn human language. 75,000 first printing.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Language Instinct

The Language Instinct

This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062032522

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 576

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The classic book on the development of human language by the world’s leading expert on language and the mind. In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Multilingual Mind

The Multilingual Mind

Issues Discussed By, For, and about People Living with Many Languages Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa ... The Naked Neuron : Evolution and the Languages of the Body and Brain . ... The Language Instinct : How the Mind Creates Language .

Author: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0897899180

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 295

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The bulk of the world's population is multilingual, and one in seven Americans speak a language other than English at home. Multilinguals crave answers to question both basic and profound, questions relating to linguistic identity, schools, multiliteracy, how languages are actually learned, and why there are so many variations on individual success. Tokuhama-Espinosa combines solid research, humor, and real-life examples into 21 informative and entertaining essays about people who experience the world with multiple languages. This book tackles common misconceptions about polyglots (too many languages can cause brain overload, some languages are easier to learn than others, an adult cannot learn a foreign language as fast as a child, etc.) Other topics include: - Curriculum choice - Teaching languages using the multiple intelligences - How different education systems can influence multilingual skills - Language's relationship to mental tasks such as music and math - Languages from the womb and bilingualism from birth - The growth of the trilingual family - The societal situation of third culture kids (those growing outside of their parents' native country) - A special case for foreign language development - The emerging cross-area study of multilingualism and cosmopolitanism - Questions of linguistic identity - Challenges to normal foreign language learning, such as dyslexia, Downs Syndrome, and deafness
Categories: Foreign Language Study

The Language Instinct

The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language Steven Pinker. Kim, J. J., Marcus, G. F., Pinker, S., Hollander, M., & Coppola, M. In press. Sensitivity of children's inflection to morphological structure. Journal of Child Language.

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141929682

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

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'Dazzling...Pinker's big idea is that language is an instinct...as innate to us as flying is to geese...Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations' - Independent 'A marvellously readable book...illuminates every facet of human language: its biological origin, its uniqueness to humanity, it acquisition by children, its grammatical structure, the production and perception of speech, the pathology of language disorders and the unstoppable evolution of languages and dialects' - Nature
Categories: Philosophy

Sprachwissenschaft

Sprachwissenschaft

A review article of [Light- foot, David, The development of language: Acquisition, change, and evolution, Oxford 1999.] Journal of Linguistics 35 ... Pinker, Steven (1994), The language instinct: How the mind creates language, New York.

Author: Ludger Hoffmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110226294

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 968

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Der Band enth lt klassische und hinf hrende Texte zu den Kernbereichen und wichtigsten Theorien der Sprachwissenschaft, u.a. von Humboldt, Frege, Paul, de Saussure, Bloomfield, B hler, Wittgenstein, Trubetzkoy, Chomsky, Austin, Grice, Tomasello und anderen. Den Texten gehen einf hrende Darstellungen voraus, die mit aktuellen Bibliographien ausgestattet sind. Das Buch gliedert sich in die Gegenstandsbereiche: Sprachtheorien; Sprache und Handlung; Diskurs und Konversation; Laute, T ne, Schriftzeichen; Wortform, Wortstruktur, Wortart; Satz, u erung, Text; Bedeutung. Transkripte, Aufgaben und Beispiele aus verschiedenen Sprachen erm glichen praktische bungen. Der Reader hat sich als Arbeitsmittel zur Einf hrung in die grundlegenden Fragen der Sprachwissenschaft wie zur Vertiefung und Examensvorbereitung bew hrt. Er liegt nun in einer dritten, aktualisierten und erweiterten Auflage vor. Hinzugekommen sind Texte zum Spracherwerb und zu neueren Theorien. Die didaktische Orientierung wurde- auch im Blick auf Bachelor-Studierende- verst rkt. Zus tzliches Info-Material finden Sie auf der Seite des Autors.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Second Language Acquisition and the Critical Period Hypothesis

Second Language Acquisition and the Critical Period Hypothesis

second-language acquisition: The case of American Sign Language. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 36, 1258–1270. Meier, R.P. (1995). Review of S.Pinker, The language instinct: How the mind creates language. Language, 71, 610–614 ...

Author: David Birdsong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135674892

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Second Language Acquisition and the Critical Period Hypothesis is the only book on the market to provide a diverse collection of perspectives, from experienced researchers, on the role of the Critical Period Hypothesis in second language acquisition. It is widely believed that age effects in both first and second language acquisition are developmental in nature, with native levels of attainment in both to be though possible only if learning began before the closure of a "window of opportunity" – a critical or sensitive period. These seven chapters explore this idea at length, with each contribution acting as an authoritative look at various domains of inquiry in second language acquisition, including syntax, morphology, phonetics/phonology, Universal Grammar, and neurofunctional factors. By presenting readers with an evenly-balanced take on the topic with viewpoints both for and against the Critical Period Hypothesis, this book is the ideal guide to understanding this critical body of research in SLA, for students and researchers in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.
Categories: Education

Building Literacy with English Language Learners Second Edition

Building Literacy with English Language Learners  Second Edition

Evaluating the effects of the pedagogy to improve resiliency program on English language learners. In L. Minaya-Rowe (Ed.), Teacher training ... The language instinct: How the mind creates language. New York: Harper. Pinker, S. (2007).

Author: Kristin Lems

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462531592

Category: Education

Page: 354

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How can linguistics help teachers of English language learners (ELLs) improve their instruction? What specific competencies do ELLs need to build in order to speak, listen, read, and write in a new language? Now revised and expanded with a broader view of literacy, this book has guided thousands of inservice and preservice teachers to understand the processes involved in second-language acquisition and help ELLs succeed. The authors explain relevant linguistic concepts with a focus on what works in today's diverse PreK-12 classrooms. Effective teaching strategies are illustrated with engaging classroom vignettes; the volume also features instructive discussion questions and a glossary. (First edition title: Teaching Reading to English Language Learners.) New to This Edition *Broader view of literacy; increased attention to oral language and writing as well as reading. *Chapter on digital learning, plus new content on digital technology throughout the book. *Even more user friendly--additional classroom suggestions from real teachers, vignettes, and examples and graphics illustrating linguistic concepts. *End-of-chapter "challenge questions" that inspire deeper reflection. *Coverage of timely topics, such as numeracy and the language innovations of text messages.
Categories: Education

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication

Kramsch, C. (1994) Language and Culture, Oxford: Oxford University Press (a general work that investigates connections between language and culture). Pinker, S. (1994) The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, New York, ...

Author: Jane Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136649530

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 613

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Section 1.Foundations of language and intercultural communication --section 2.Core themes and issues: verbal and nonverbal communications and culture --section 3.Theory into practice: towards intercultural (communicative) competence and citizenship --section 4.Language and intercultural communication in context --section 5.New debates and future directions. - A comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of intercultural communication, drawing on the expertise of leading scholars from diverse backgrounds.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty

Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty

Rich Languages from Poor Inputs. Oxford: OUP. Pinker, S. 1994. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language. New York NY: HarperCollins. Pinker, S. & Bloom, P. 1990. Natural language and natural selection.

Author: Anna Maria Di Sciullo

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027266309

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

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The papers assembled in this volume aim to contribute to our understanding of the human capacity for language: the generative procedure that relates sounds and meanings via syntax. Different hypotheses about the properties of this generative procedure are under discussion, and their connection with biology is open to important cross-disciplinary work. Advances have been made in human-animal studies to differentiate human language from animal communication. Contributions from neurosciences point to the exclusive properties of the human brain for language. Studies in genetically based language impairments also contribute to the understanding of the properties of the language organ. This volume brings together contributions on theoretical and experimental investigations on the Language Faculty. It will be of interest to scholars and students investigating the properties of the biological basis of language, in terms the modeling of the language faculty, as well as the properties of language variation, language acquisition and language impairments.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Shades of the Planet

Shades of the Planet

For a good account of Chomsky's impact on linguistics, see Howard Gardner, The Mind's New Science: A History of the Cognitive Revolution (New York: Basic Books, 1985). 33. Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates ...

Author: Wai Chee Dimock

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691188256

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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In a globalizing age, studying American literature in isolation from the rest of the world seems less and less justified. But is the conceptual box of the nation dispensable? And what would American literature look like without it?Leading scholars take up this debate in Shades of the Planet, beginning not with the United States as center, but with the world as circumference. This reversed frame yields a surprising landscape, alive with traces of West Africa, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, India, China, Mexico, and Australia. The Broadway musical Oklahoma! has aboriginal antecedents; Black English houses an African syntax; American slavery consorts with the Holocaust; Philip Roth keeps company with Milan Kundera; the crime novel moves south of the border; and R. P. Blackmur lectures in Japan. A national literature becomes haunted by the world when that literature is seen extending to the Pacific, opening up to Islam, and accompanying African-American authors as they travel. Highlighting American literature as a fold in a planet-wide fabric, this pioneering volume transforms the field, redrawing its institutional as well as geographical map.The contributors are Rachel Adams, Jonathan Arac, Homi K. Bhabha, Lawrence Buell, Wai Chee Dimock, Susan Stanford Friedman, Paul Giles, David Palumbo-Liu, Ross Posnock, Joseph Roach, and Eric J. Sundquist.
Categories: Literary Criticism