The Stuff of Thought

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Cover Art for 9780143142584, The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
ISBN: 9780143142584
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Published: 11 September, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Editions: 8 other editions of this product

Why do so many swear words involve topics like sex, bodily functions or the divine? Why do some children's names thrive while others fall out of favour? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? How can a choice of metaphor damn a politician or start a war? And why do we rarely say what we actually mean? Language, as Steven Pinker shows, is at the heart of our lives...

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