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by Steven Pinker 978-0-06-095833-6 paperback
birth 1954-09-18 age:63 978-0-688-12141-9 hardcover
publisher Harper Perennial 978-0-06-203252-2 eBook
published 2000-11-07 978-1-4558-3970-4 audio
  B0049B1VOU kindle
This is one of the most fascinating books I ever read. It turns out that the brain has hardware for parsing language. Shortly after birth, the parsing engine gets configured to the particular language it hears. Humans without access to a common language will spontaneously develop a pidgin language and within a generation or two will develop a full creole with a complex grammar.
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In his book, The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker points out several remarkable things which may impact future computer language design. I wonder if with our supposedly simple artificial computer languages, we inadvertently bypass our hardwired syntax parsers. No wonder we make so many programming mistakes. We should be aiming for languages more like natural spoken languages that don’t depend so much on fussy punctuation. Natural spoken languages evolve with new vocabulary and short-forms introduced on-the-fly.

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