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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

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ISBN: 9780713997415
Publisher: ALLEN LANE
Published: 27 September, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Links Australian Libraries (Trove)
Editions: 8 other editions of this product

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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

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The Stuff of Thought is an exhilarating work of non-fiction. Surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly enjoyable, there is no other book like it - Steven Pinker will revolutionise the way you think about language. He analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and he reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. He shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary history. He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us the full power that it can have over us. And, with this book, he also shows just how stimulating and entertaining language can be.

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