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Patterns in the Mind: Language and Human Nature

by Ray Jackendoff

The main issues of human nature I want to think about in this book are at the level of the species: What makes human beings the way they are? How are we different from animals? How are we like other animals and different from computers? In order to find out what makes us the way we are, it stands to reason that we have to look closely at the way we are. If we want to know the balance of responsibility between nature and nurture-and how much about ourselves we can change-it helps to have a better idea of what the combination of nature and nurture is responsible for. In this book, I want to use human language as a vehicle for examining "the way we are."

Patterns in the Mind: Language and Human Nature

by Ray Jackendoff

What is it about the human mind that accounts for the fact that we can speak and understand a language? Why can't other creatures do the same? And what does this tell us about the rest of human abilities? Recent dramatic discoveries in linguistics and psychology provide intriguing answers to these age-old mysteries. In this fascinating book, Ray Jackendoff emphasizes the grammatical commonalities across languages, both spoken and signed, and discusses the implications for our understanding of language acquisition and loss.

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