British National Bibliography

The language myth / Vyvyan Evans

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star this property ISBN 13
star this property abstract "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; 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"--
star this property date published 2014
unstar this property has extent xi, 304 pages
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 274-300) and index.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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star this property name The language myth : why language is not an instinct
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Cognitive grammar
Innateness hypothesis (Linguistics)
Language and languages--Philosophy
Linguistic universals
star this property title The language myth : why language is not an instinct
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star this property author Evans, Vyvyan
star this property creator Evans, Vyvyan
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star this property identifier GBB5G1828
star this property language eng
star this property publication Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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