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Media: Mark Baker Book, Science Times

Submitter: David Golumbia

Submitter Email: dgolumbi@panix.com
Media Body: In addition to the interview, an article about Mark Baker's book has jus
appeared under the title '"Hard-Wired" Grammar Rules Found for All
Languages' in this week's Science Times of the New York Times, and will
be available for a few weeks at this URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/15/health/anatomy/15LANG.html

Both have virtues and cover slightly different aspects of the work.

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dgolumbi@panix.com
David Golumbia

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Issue Number: 13.115
Date Posted: January 18, 2002

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