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  • Published: 31 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141992334
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download

The Sense of Style

The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century




The bestselling author of The Language Instinct deploys his gift for explaining difficult ideas in a short and entertaining writing guide for the 21st century

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Bad writing can't be blamed on the Internet, or on 'the kids today'. Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretense, empathy, and a drive for coherence. In The Sense of Style, cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker uses the latest scientific insights to bring us a style and usage guide for the 21st century. What do skilful writers know about the link between syntax and ideas? How can we overcome the Curse of Knowledge, the difficulty in imagining what it's like not to know something we do? And can we distinguish the myths and superstitions from rules that enhance clarity and grace? As Pinker shows, everyone can improve their mastery of writing and their appreciation of the art (yes, 'their').

Winner, Plain English Campaign's International Award 2014: 'a superbly and clearly written celebration of the best, least fuzzy kind of writing.'

  • Published: 31 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141992334
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download

About the author

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching and scientific research, Pinker is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

http://stevenpinker.com

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