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The Mind of a Savant: Language, Learning and Modularity

 
 
 
 
The Mind of a Savant: Language, Learning and Modularity
Author: Neil Smith - Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli
ISBN 13: 9780631190172
ISBN 10: 631190171
Edition: 1
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Publication Date: 1995-02-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 268
List Price: $63.95
 
 

Savants are people who are mentally and often physically impaired but who have one dazzling talent. Cases of savants, like Christopher who is described here, are not unheard of, but have never been reported before. Despite being unable to look after himself because he has difficulty with everyday tasks, Christopher can read, write, translate and communicate in fifteen to twenty different languages.

In this original, detailed and wide-ranging study, Neil Smith and Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli not only provide insight into the mind of one unique individual, but simultaneously cast light on the nature of language and thought in general. By exploiting recent developments in both linguistics and psychology the authors have made an essential contribution to the whole field of cognitive science.

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Savants are people who are mentally and often physically impaired but who have one dazzling talent. The authors describe one such individual, Christopher, who, despite being unable to take care of himself because he has difficulty with everyday tasks that most people take for granted, can read, write, translate, and communicate in 15 to 20 different languages. Beyond illuminating the mind of one unique individual, the authors, both linguists, also cast light on the nature of language and thought in general. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)