LINGUIST List 14.2926
Sun Oct 26 2003
Qs: Genetic Lang Skills
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- Dick Hudson, A "gene" for hyper-polyglottism??
Message 1: A "gene" for hyper-polyglottism??
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 11:19:33 +0100
From: Dick Hudson <dicklinguistics.ucl.ac.uk>
Subject: A "gene" for hyper-polyglottism??
Some time ago I broadcast a query about the 'world record' for
learning foreign languages (Linguist 7.861.2), and in my summary
(Linguist 7.881) I identified an Italian cardinal called Mezzofante as
the probable record-holder. I've just had a message from another
Mezzofante and wondered whether anyone knows of research supporting
the idea of a genetic basis for skill in learning lots of languages -
the reverse of Selective Language Impairment, I suppose? If there's
no such research, maybe there should be?
Best wishes, Dick Hudson
Richard (= Dick) Hudson
Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London,
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