New books on language use and its origins

Interested in the science behind the cathartic effect of swearing?

Or a primer on social interaction?

Or perhaps you’re curious about the origins of language itself, and want to explore an alternative viewpoint to Chomsky’s widely-critiqued theory of universal grammar.

Check out this New York Times mini-review of three new books on these subjects.

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