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Pinker to explain the nature of language, Nov. 12

Bestselling author and psychologist Steven Pinker will discuss his latest book, "Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language," at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in McCosh 10.

In the book, Pinker, a professor of psychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores the nature of language -- how it works, how it changes over time and how children pick it up. He looks at linguistic phenomena from the vantage points of psychology, biology, history, philosophy, linguistics and child development.

"Words and Rules" was a finalist for the 2000 Eleanor Maccoby Book Award from the American Psychological Association. His bestselling book, "How the Mind Works," was a finalist for both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1998. His other bestseller, "The Language Instinct," was named one of the 10 Best Books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review and received the 1995 William James Book Prize of the American Psychological Association.

Pinker's talk is designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series . It will be Webcast; for viewing information, click here .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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