The Language Myth

The Language Myth

Why Language Is Not An Instinct

Book - 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 communication; that languages exhibit staggering diversity; that we learn our mother tongue drawing on general properties and abilities of the human mind, rather than an inborn 'universal' grammar; and that, ultimately, language and the mind reflect and draw upon the way we interact with others in the world. Compellingly written and drawing on cutting-edge research, The Language Myth sets out a forceful alternative to the received wisdom, showing how language and the mind really work"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781107043961
1107043964
9781107619753
1107619750
Characteristics: xi, 304 pages ; 22 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 40024121949

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