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Is language hard-wired?


Many scientists believe so. Their argument is based on two observations: (a) that all languages have strong similarities, and (b) children acquire language skills very rapidly. Other scientists do not believe that language is hard wired. They would say that all languages are considerably alike because the realities which they describe – those of human habitat – are considerably alike. If deep-sea marine creatures had language it would be radically different from human because their habitat is radically different. As to the rapidity with which children learn language, they learn how to ride a bicycle also fast. Does this mean that the bicycle-riding skills are hard-wired?

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