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    DescriptionIn "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature", Steven Pinker looks at how the relationship between words and thoughts can help us understand who we are. Why do so many swear words involve topics like sex, bodily functions or the divine? Why do some children's names thrive while others fall out of favour? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? How can a choice of metaphor damn a politician or start a war? And why do we rarely say what we actually mean? Language, as Steven Pinker shows, is at the heart of our lives, and through the way we use it - whether to inform, persuade, entertain or manipulate - we can glimpse the very essence of what makes us human. "Awesome". ("Daily Mail"). "Highly entertaining ...funny and thought-provoking". ("The Times"). "Anyone interested in language should read "The Stuff of Thought" ...moments of genuine revelation and some very good jokes". (Mark Haddon, "Sunday Telegraph" Books of the Year). "No one writes about language as clearly as Steven Pinker, and this is his best book yet". (David Crystal, "Financial Times"). Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as "The New York Times", "Time" and "Slate", and is the author of six books, including "The Language Instinct", "How the Mind Works" and "The Blank Slate".


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    Title
    The Stuff of Thought:
    Subtitle
    Language as a Window into Human Nature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven Pinker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 354 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141015477
    ISBN 10: 0141015470
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    BIC subject category V2: JM
    DC22: 150
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    DC22: 401
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009050
    Thema V1.0: JMH, JM
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    27 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the 'New York Times', 'Time' and 'Slate', and is the author of six books, including 'The Language Instinct', 'How the Mind Works' and 'The Blank Slate'.
    Review quote
    Astonishingly readable Daily Telegraph Perceptive, amusing and intelligent Times No one writes about language as clearly as Steven Pinker, and this is his best book yet Financial Times Immensely readable and stimulating. Pinker is a master at making complex ideas palatable Independent Awesome ... Pinker writes lucidly and elegantly, and leavens the text with scores of perfectly judged anecdotes, jokes, cartoons and illustrations Daily Mail