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UCLAIssues in Applied LinguisticsTitleWords and Rules: The Ingredients of Language by Steven PinkerPermalinkhttps://escholarship.org/uc/item/0ct354wmJournalIssues in Applied Linguistics, 10(2)ISSN1050-4273AuthorJones, NancyPublication Date1999-12-30DOI10.5070/L4102005018 Peer reviewedeScholarship.orgPowered by the California Digital LibraryUniversity of California WordsandRules:TheIngredientsofLanguagebyStevenPinkerNewYork:BasicBooks:NewYork,1999,348pp.ReviewedbyNancyJonesUniversityofCalifornia,LosAngelesWordsandRules,thelatestpopularofferingfromtheprolificMITlin-guistStevenPinker,althoughcharacteristicallycleverandwell-written,doesnotofferanysurprisestothosefamiliarwithhisotherworks.PinkerfirstintroducedthepremiseunderlyingWordsandRulesinhis1994TheLanguageInstinct:Thewaylanguageworks,then,isthateachperson'sbraincontainsalexiconofwordsandtheconceptstheystandfor(amentaldictionary)andasetofrulesthatcombinethewordstoconveyrelationshipsamongconcepts(amen-talgrammar,(p.85)WordsandRulesexpan...