The Language Myth: Why Language Is Not an Instinct

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Cambridge University Press, 22 set 2014
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; that language is not autonomous but is closely related to other aspects of our mental lives; 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.
 

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The book aims to explicate the prevailing model of language acquisition (what the author, Vyvyan Evans, calls "language as instinct") and the language as use model for a lay audience. Evans suggests ... Leggi recensione completa

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A determined effort to "debunk" what Evans deems to be all the basic tenets of Chomskyan (and, imputedly, Pinkerian) linguistics -- innateness, universal grammar, etc. In place of the language-as ... Leggi recensione completa

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Is language innate?
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Is language a distinct module in the mind?
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Language and mind regained
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Notes
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References
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Index
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Vyv Evans is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and English Language at Bangor University.

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