About this book
Penguin's lead non-fiction title is Stephen Pinker's study of the history of language which, he argues, is as innate to humans as flying is to geese. "Groundbreaking, exhilarating, fun ... Pinker debunks with panache, cuts through the confusion of jargon, and tells a mean anecdote ... Do yourself a favour and read it." "Sunday Times "
How do we 'know' how to speak? In this book, the author shows how language is part of our genetic inheritance rather than a cultural creation. It destroys myths about language - that children learn to talk by copying their parents, that grammatical standards are in decline - revealing innate human instinct to communicate that we are all born with.