The Language Instinct

The Language Instinct

How the Mind Creates Language



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.

The Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, STEVEN PINKER has been named one of Time magazine’s “Hundred Most Important People in the World Today,” and has been awarded numerous prizes for his research, teaching, and books. He is the author of six books, including How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate (both Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners of the William James Book Prize), as well as Words and Rules and The Stuff of Thought. He is a frequent contributor to Time, The New Republic, and the New York Times.