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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain
How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, best-selling author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such a fundamental part of social relationships, human biology, and human evolution. Finally, Pinker touches on the wide variety of applications for linguistics, from improving how we teach reading and writing to how we interpret law, politics, and literature.
About the Lecturer
Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University.