News of the WeekAAAS MEETING: LINGUISTICS

Grammar's Secret Skeleton

Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 774-775
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.774b

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At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, which publishes Science) held on 21 to 26 January in Anaheim, California, linguists reported uncovering key elements of a "universal grammar"--simple rules that are theorized to govern all languages. The claims rekindled a 30-year-old debate over whether babies learn how to speak so easily because language is innate to humans.

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