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The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature / Steven Pinker.

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District.

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Summary:

Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words. Every time we swear, we reveal something about human emotions. When we use an innuendo to convey a bribe, threat, or sexual come-on (rather than just blurting it out), we disclose something about human relationships. Our use of prepositions and tenses tap into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and our nouns and verbs tap into mental models of matter and causation. Even the names we give our babies, as they change from decade to decade, have important things to day about our relations to our children and to society. Pinker takes on both scientific questions--such as whether language affects thought, and which of our concepts are innate--and questions from the headlines and everyday life.--From publisher description.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 401 PIN c2007 (Text) 33892005583365 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 12/19/2011 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0670063274
  • ISBN: 9780670063277
  • Physical Description: ix, 499 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, [2007]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [459]-481) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Words and worlds -- Down the rabbit hole -- Fifty thousand innate concepts (and other radical theories of language and thought) -- Cleaving the air -- The metaphor metaphor -- What's in a name? -- The seven words you can't say on television -- Games people play -- Escaping the cave.
Summary, etc.:
Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words. Every time we swear, we reveal something about human emotions. When we use an innuendo to convey a bribe, threat, or sexual come-on (rather than just blurting it out), we disclose something about human relationships. Our use of prepositions and tenses tap into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and our nouns and verbs tap into mental models of matter and causation. Even the names we give our babies, as they change from decade to decade, have important things to day about our relations to our children and to society. Pinker takes on both scientific questions--such as whether language affects thought, and which of our concepts are innate--and questions from the headlines and everyday life.--From publisher description.
Subject: Language and languages > Philosophy
Thought and thinking
Taal.
Denken.

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