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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."

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