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Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2019
While a bit tedious with details in places (better too many than too few), Pinker gets to the root of language, providing deep and wide-ranging examples, giving us much to ponder. The evolution of language, the ebb and flow through time and geography was also well described.

The discussion re prescriptive v descriptive grammar was rather cliche, and not a little disingenuous, however, insisting that one person's construction of a sentence is as valid as another's as long as it clearly communicates. What the academics seem to be saying is that standards don't matter for you folks, while they all merrily publish their pronouncements using exactly the same standard grammar!
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