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A remarkably broad book that stitches together a lot of grammar, neurology, and evolutionary biology in a convincing package, that includes many simple introductions to some deeper concepts. I will admit that the specific discussions of grammar I mostly skipped over, with no regrets, since I was already of the opinion that any language able to enable communication likely has a functional grammar, but it did include a lot of interesting examples of how English is not a degraded tongue completely lacking in merits. Pinker's last chapter I found less convincing, but it was clearly identified as speculation rather than fact. I quite enjoyed Pinker's defence of the overall equality of all languages and people, which I think he handled ably and in an evidence-based manner. 

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