The Stuff of Thought
Language as A Window Into Human Nature
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focuses on how one constructs meaning from words, phrases, utterances, and sentences (i.e., semantics) and on the social function of these meanings in social practice (i.e., pragmatics).
Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words.
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Coarse Language: In the chapter The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television, Pinker analyzes the universalities of swearing. As he points out, profanity is highly emotion-laden; I suppose some might be offended at some of the content of the chapter. (Of course, they'd probably most benefit from reading it...) This chapter features one of the most oddly humorous footnotes I've encountered in a science book.
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