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

Steven Pinker

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Steven Pinker Psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker (b. 1954) authored The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language Read More
Derek Bickerton English-born linguist Derek Bickerton (1926–2018) found that children exposed to a pidgin infuse complexity into the language, resulting in creole. A pidgin is a language used for communication between speakers of different languages for a specific purpose, often trade.
Paul Broca Paul Broca (1824–80) was a French physician who studied the structure of the human skull and brain. Through dissecting the brain of an aphasic (impairment of the ability to comprehend words) patient, he determined that a specific area of the brain houses "the faculty for articulate language."
Noam Chomsky Famous American linguist Noam Chomsky (b. 1928) revolutionized understanding of language with the theory that every human being is hardwired to acquire language.
Stephen Crain American-born psycholinguist Stephen Crain, with colleague Mineharu Nakayama, studied children's use of grammatical rules.
Charles Darwin Biologist Charles Darwin (1809–82) theorized that all species gradually evolved according to the process of natural selection.
Mr. Ford An American coast guard radio operator, Mr. Ford suffered a stroke at age 39 that affected his ability to use grammar but not his other faculties.
Peter Gordon Psycholinguist Peter Gordon found that rules for plural formation are present even in children who lack an awareness of such rules.
Mineharu Nakayama Japanese-born linguist Mineharu Nakayama (b. 1958), with colleague Stephen Crain, studied children's use of grammatical rules.
Edward Sapir German-born linguist Edward Sapir (1884–1939) studied Native American languages. He concluded that speakers of different languages have to attend to different things, depending on the structure of their language.
B.F. Skinner Psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904–90) applied behaviorist principles of learning to explain language acquisition.
Benjamin Whorf American linguist Benjamin Whorf (1897–1941) was a student of Edward Sapir. Whorf studied Native American languages and concluded that people think differently depending on the language they speak.
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