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NewScientist: “You are what you speak”

Written By: daveski on June 3, 2010 No Comment

Christine Kenneally’s NewScientist article (“Language lessons: You are what you speak“) following the work of Nicholas Evans of the Australian National University in Canberra and Stephen Levinson of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands points to an age-old (or at least decades-old) question: Do all languages fundamentally follow the same Universal Grammar, and are human minds all ‘wired’ the same for language at birth? Or does the diversity of languages in the world in fact point to a great diversity in human cognition?

Interested FIT readers or others familiar with the Berkeley Language Center might want to see what Lera Boroditsky of Stanford University had to say about this in her visit to the BLC a few months back.

Your thoughts?

Hat tip to Juliette Wade over at TalkToYoUniverse for the link to this article and an interesting discussion!

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