•Winner, William James Book Prize, Division of General Psychology, American Psychological Assocation, 1995.
•Winner, Linguistics, Language, and the Public Interest Award, Linguistics Society of America, 1996.
•Editor's Choice, 11 Best Books of 1994, The New York Times Book Review.
•The Top 100 Science Books of the Century, American Scientist, 1999.
•Ten Best books of 1994: Boston Globe, London Times, and eight other newspapers.