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Matthew Sweet discusses words, understanding and literary experimentation with psychologist and language expert Steven Pinker and novelist Will Self.

Steven Pinker's research at Harvard is into language and cognition. His new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century explores the links between syntax and ideas.

Will Self experiments with language and literary form. Will Self's new book Shark links an incident in World War II with an American resident in a therapeutic community in London overseen by psychiatrist Zack Busner.

They join Matthew Sweet for a Free Thinking programme about language.

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45 minutes

Will Self

Shark written by Will Self is out now, published by Viking.

Steven Pinker

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century written by Steven Pinker is out now, published by Allen Lane.

Credits

Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Steven Pinker
Interviewed Guest Will Self
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Producer Jacqueline Smith

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The Arts & Ideas Podcast

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

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