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AND HUMAN NATURE
and Human Nature shows how faults in language usage, far from being merely
irritants to pedants and esthetes, are often both causes and effects of
serious public problems, and explores the strange role that linguistics
plays in this turbulent scene. It argues that language change is very
different from what linguists suppose, and in doing this it takes issue
with Orwell on the rules of good writing, with Chomsky on why children
pick up language quickly, with H. P. Lovecraft on the origin of Cthulhu,
and with all who speak of linguistic laws, and claim that linguistics
is or can be a science.
I had to pick three adjectives to describe Language and Human Nature,
they would be: iconoclastic, gutsy and deliciously provocative. (Okay,
I threw in an adverb.) Read it and think."
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