In words and rules steven pinker answers these and many other questions his new book shares the wit and style of his classic the language instinct but explores language in a completely different way in this book pinker explains the profound mysteries of language by picking a deceptively single phenomenon and examining it from every angle. The book words and rules the ingredients of language was written by steven pinker a cognitive psychologist who has written a variety of books about language and other topics related to psychology he is also currently a psychology professor at harvard university the book looks at words and rules which are what language consists of and helps . In words and rules steven pinker explains the mysteries of language by examining a single construction from a dozen viewpoints proposing that the essence of language is a mental dictionary of memorized words and a mental grammar of creative rules to ask other readers questions about words and . Words and rules the ingredients of language is a 1999 popular linguistics book by steven pinker about regular and irregular verbs book in pinkers words the book tries to illuminate the nature of language and mind by choosing a single phenomenon and examining it from every angle imaginable . Steven pinker author of the landmark best sellers the language instinct how the mind works and the blank slate and one of the worlds leading cognitive scientists offers an eye opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language in words and rules first published in 2000 words and rules remains one of pinkers most
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