The Language Game  


The Language Game
February 22, 2022 | 304 pages
ISBN: 9781541674981

Forget the language instinct--this is the story of how we make up language as we go Language is perhaps humanity's most astonishing capacity--and one that remains poorly understood. In The Language Game, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater show us where generations of scientists seeking the rules of language got it wrong. Language isn't about hardwired grammars but about near-total freedom, something like a game of charades, with the only requirement being a desire to understand and be understood.