Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct" Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct"
A critique of Steven Pinker's review of various brain functions in relation to language.
# 138552 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Psychology (General) , Language (General)

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The paper provides a critique of Steven Pinker's model of localized language supporting generative grammar constructs. The paper provides examples of brain function/parts in relation to speech difficulties that Pinker sees as salient. The paper asserts that he is correct in directing attention to what has been until now theory or assumptions, as opposed to empirically grounded research. The paper then asserts that he is less convincing when he argues about genetic or neuronal imprints upon langauge facility/deficits.

From the Paper:

"Steven Pinker's review of various brain functions in relation to language seems to contain empirical information less known to many and more speculative material as can be presented in the same manner. (1994) Pinker is very stimulating in his tenth chapter which discusses "Language Organs and Grammar Genes" which explains his conclusion that language acquisition or failures to learn language or habitual failures in grammatical speech can owe to genetic factors more than brain dysfunction. (1994:302-339) This is intriguing for what it implies about the Psychology of Language..."

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