Selected Theoretical Papers by Steven Pinker


Pinker, S. (1979). Formal models of language learning. Cognition, 7, 217-283. Reprinted (1994) in N. Sheehy & T. Chapman (Eds.), Cognitive Science. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.


Pinker, S. (1982). A theory of the acquisition of lexical interpretive grammars. In J. Bresnan (Ed.), The  Mental  Representation  of  Grammatical Relations. Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press.


Pinker, S. (1984). Visual cognition: an introduction. Cognition, 18, 1-63.  Reprinted in S. Pinker  (Ed.) (1985) Visual Cognition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Reprinted (1995) in M. Brosnan (Ed.), Cognitive Psychology; Dartford, UK: Greenwich University Press.


Pinker, S. (1987). The bootstrapping problem in language acquisition. In B. MacWhinney (Ed.), Mechanisms of language acquisition. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Reprinted with new epilogue in G. Hatano (Ed.) (1992), Ninchikagaku handobukku (Handbook of cognitive science). Japan: Kyoritsu-Shuppan.


Pinker, S. (1988) A computational theory of the mental imagery medium. In M. Denis, J. Engelkamp, & J. T. E. Richardson (Eds.), Cognitive and neuropsychological approaches to mental imagery. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.


Pinker, S. & Prince, A. (1988) On language and connectionism: Analysis of a parallel distributed processing model of language acquisition.  Cognition, 28, 73-193.  Reprinted in S. Pinker & J. Mehler (Eds.) (1988) Connections and symbols. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Pinker, S. (1990). A theory of graph comprehension. In R. Friedle (Ed.), Artificial intelligence  and the future of testing. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


Pinker, S. & Bloom, P. (1990) Natural language and natural selection. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 13, 707-784.  Reprinted in J. Barkow, L. Cosmides, & J. Tooby (Eds.) (1991), The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. New York: Oxford University Press. Reprinted in Finnish in Psykologia, 31(4), s1-s20, 31(5), s1-s23.


Pinker, S. (1993) The acquisition of argument structure. In H. Nakajima & Y. Otsu (Eds.), Argument  structure: Its syntax and acquisition. Special Publications of the English Linguistic Society of Japan, Volume 1. Tokyo: Kaitakusha.


Pinker, S. (1994) How could a child use verb syntax to learn verb semantics? Lingua,  92, 377-410. Reprinted in L. Gleitman and B. Landau (Eds.), (1994) The acquisition of the lexicon. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Pinker, S., Prince, A. (1996), The nature of human concepts: evidence from an unusual source. Communication and Cognition, 29, 307-361. Reprinted (1999) in P. Van Loocke (Ed.), The nature, representation and evolution of concepts. London: Routledge.  Reprinted (1999) in R. Jackendoff, P. Bloom, and K. Wynn (Eds.), Language, logic, and concepts: Essays in memory of John Macnamara. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Pinker, S. (2000) The blank slate, the noble savage, and the ghost in the machine. In G. B. Peterson (Ed.), The Tanner Lectures on Human Values 21. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.


Pinker, S. (2003) Language as an adaptation to the cognitive niche. In M. Christiansen & S. Kirby (Eds.), Language evolution: States of the Art. New York: Oxford University Press.


Pinker, S. (2003) Whence religious belief? In P. Kurtz (Ed.), Science and religion: Are they compatible? Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.


Pinker, S. (2004) Why nature and nurture won’t go away. Daedalus, 133, Fall, 5-17.


Pinker, S. & Jackendoff, R. (2005) What’s special about the human language faculty? Cognition, 95, 201-236.


Pinker, S. (2005) So how does the mind work? (Review and reply to Jerry Fodor’s “The Mind Doesn’t Work that Way”), Mind and Language, 20, 1-24.


Pinker, S. (2006) The biology of fiction. In R. Headlam-Wells (Ed.), Human nature: Fact and fiction. London: Continuum.


Pinker, S. (2006) Deep commonalities between life and mind. In A. Grafen & M. Ridley (Eds.), Richard Dawkins: How a scientist changed the way we think. New York: Oxford University Press.


Pinker, S. (2007) Language as an adaptation by natural selection. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 39, 431-438.


Pinker, S., Nowak, M., A. & Lee, J. J. (2008). The logic of indirect speech. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 105(3), 833-838.


Pinker, S. (2010) The cognitive niche: Coevolution of intelligence, sociality, and language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 107, 8893-899.


Lee, J. J., & Pinker, S. (2010) Rationales for indirect speech: The theory of the strategic speaker. Psychological Review.