Edward Schiappa is Professor of Communication Studies and Paul W. Frenzel Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is the editor of Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of Defining Reality: Definitions and the Politics of Meaning.
In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.
Uses a conceptual framework to discuss argumentation
This text uses a conceptual framework involving three types of claims (fact, value, policy) that are advanced by forms of reasoning (definition, example, cause, sign, etc.). This framework describes a wider variety of arguments.
Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:Understand basic concepts in argumentation theory, criticism, and practice Make good arguments as well as evaluate the arguments they encounter
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