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Impossible Languages$
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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034890

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001

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Capturing the “Stem Mind”

Capturing the “Stem Mind”

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(p.11) 2 Capturing the “Stem Mind”
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Impossible Languages
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Andrea Moro

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.003.0002

Every child is open to acquire any language in the same average amount of time at the same average age and disregard the language her or his parents acquired. Moreover children all make similar errors in all languages and these are only a subset of all potential errors they could make if this were a trial and error process. This process must then be assisted by a genetic guide: linguistics can be regarded as a theory of the limits of experience on language structure.

Keywords:   Language acquisition, Genetics, Variation, Experience, Scientific method

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