This month, we’re delving into the science of language as we’re discussing linguist David Adger’s book Language Unlimited: The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power. Adger takes on one of the most debated questions in the linguistics community: Do humans come up with languages because they are very good at recognising patterns and remembering things? Or do human brains have a built-in ability for the types of languages we speak (or sign)?

Language unlimited – book cover

Listen to this month’s book club podcast to find out what we thought about the book, listen to an excerpt, and hear from Adger himself as he talked to us about impossible languages and universal grammar.

You can also read the full review of Language Unlimited here.

If you, dear Chemistry World reader, have any thoughts on Language Unlimited or know of a book you would like us to discuss in an upcoming edition of our book club podcast, let us know in the comments below or tweet at us @ChemistryWorld.