Pinker, S. (2000). The Language Instinct : How the Mind Creates Language. New York: W. Morrow and Co.

Under a rather heavy Chomsky influence, Pinker discusses, among other things, how language evolved, how children acquire and develop language skills, and why the English language and its spelling aren't as nonlogical as such critics as George Bernard Shaw have claimed. He emphasizes Darwinian theory and defines language as a “biological adaptation to communicate". While Pinker bases his argument on the innate nature of language, he situates language in that transitional area between instinct and learned behavior, between nature and culture. He rises to a celebration of the “harmony between the mind...and the texture of reality."