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Language Learnability and Language Development

Language Learnability and Language Development

With New Commentary by the Author

Steven Pinker

ISBN 9780674042179

Publication date: 07/01/2009

In this influential study, Steven Pinker develops a new approach to the problem of language learning. Now reprinted with new commentary by the author, this classic work continues to be an indispensable resource in developmental psycholinguistics.


  • The contribution of [Pinker's] book lies not just in its carefully argued section on learnability theory and acquisition, but in its detailed analysis of the empirical consequences of his assumptions.

    —Paul Fletcher, Times Higher Education Supplement


  • Steven Pinker is Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Language Instinct and Learnability and Cognition.

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