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Apr 17, 2020

This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with David Shariatmadari author of "Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language." We explore some of the common myths about language. This includes a follow up of our recent discussion on Brain Science about the evidence against the assumption that language is an instinctive.

Links and References:

  • Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language by David Shariatmadari
  • Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking by Cecilia Heyes
  • Pullum, GK and Schultz, BC, (2002) Empirical assessment of stimulus of poverty arguments. The Linguistic Review, 19, ?.
  • Hsu, H J, and Bishop, DV (2014) Sequence-specific procedural learning deficits in children with specific language impairment. Developmental Science,17(3), 352-365.
  • Tomblin, J B, Shribirg, L , Murray, J, Patil, S, and Williams, C. (2004). Speech and Language characteristics associated with a 7/13 translocation involving FOXP2. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 130, 97-?.
  • Both books have extensive references. For more please see show notes of BS 168.


  • Coming in early May 2020: new expanded edition of re You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. Sign up for Brain Science Newsletter for updates.
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