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"The Language Instinct" - A Review
Review of chapter six in Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct."
# 139985 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Communication (Interpersonal)


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This paper presents an overview of Chapter six of "The Language Instinct", in which author Steven Pinker details ways in which our understanding of language and the patterns of language is instinctual. He also states that our understanding of the sounds of language is really an illusion, and the sequence of sounds we think we hear in a word is an illusion. Individual sounds are not really individual at all but are part of a whole, and the word is found in the entirety of sounds and not in individual sounds.

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"In Chapter 6 of The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker details ways in which our understanding of language and the patterns of language is instinctual (153). He also states that our understanding of the sounds of language is really an illusion, and the sequence of sounds we think we hear in a word is an illusion (154). Individual sounds are not really individual at all but are part of a whole, and the word is found in the entirety of sounds and not in individual sounds (155). The skill and instinctual ability with which human beings interpret these sounds can be seen in the difficulty encountered in creating speech-recognition software, for machines cannot do what humans do instinctively (156)."

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