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Media: BBC Website, "First Lang Gene Discovered"

Submitter: Martin Wynne

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Media Body: 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."

Martin Wynne
Linguistics Officer
Oxford Text Archive

Issue Number: 13.2096
Date Posted: August 15, 2002

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