Media: BBC Website, "First Lang Gene Discovered"
An article on the BBC website reports claims to have found the language
gene. You can read it online a
The journalist seems to me to have confused grammatical and
articulatory ability. The article appears to claim that the gene
sequence in question controls facial muscles, yet a mistake in this
sequence causes agrammaticism.
The field of linguistics is summarised in the article:
"Scientists argue that there must be a genetic basis to speech and
It is universal, complex and acquired almost instinctively by children
at a young age."
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|Date Posted:||August 15, 2002|