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The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the World

Author: Morten H. Christiansen. Nick Chater.

The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the World

Author: Morten H. Christiansen. Nick Chater.

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Item #: D40274
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2022
Publisher: Basic
ISBN: 9781541674981
Language is?perhaps humanity's?most astonishing?capacity—and one that remains poorly understood. As cognitive scientists Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater argue, language isn't about hardwired grammars but about near-total freedom, with the only requirement being a desire to understand and be understood. Suggesting that the only real constraint on co... More
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Language is?perhaps humanity's?most astonishing?capacity—and one that remains poorly understood. As cognitive scientists Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater argue, language isn't about hardwired grammars but about near-total freedom, with the only requirement being a desire to understand and be understood. Suggesting that the only real constraint on communication is our imagination, this book explores the origins of languages and how learning is possible, while settling such long-running debates as whether having two words for "blue" changes what we see.?


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