The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language | Study Guide

Steven Pinker

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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language | Glossary

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affix: prefix or suffix that can be added to a word

algorithm: set of instructions to be followed in order to solve a problem

aphasia: impairment of language resulting from damage to the brain

creole: language developed when a pidgin-speaking community produces native speakers

descriptive grammar: description of the linguistic rules people use when they speak

head: single word in a phrase that determines the meaning of the whole

instinct: innate behavior pattern in animals

listeme: unit of a memorized list that functions as a word

maven: expert in a particular field

mentalese: the "language of thought"

morphology: rules for word formation

phonology: study of speech sounds in language

phrase: group of words that act as a unit in language

pidgin: simplified, makeshift language formed when speakers of different languages have to communicate

pragmatics: social rules for language use

prescriptive grammar: rules for the way people should speak according to societal expectations

syntax: rules of word and phrase order in a language

Universal Grammar: underlying "blueprint" for human language learning

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