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LINGUIST List 20.1607

Mon Apr 27 2009

Disc: Uneducated families = Noncomplex language?

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        1.    David Johnson, Uneducated families = Noncomplex language?

Message 1: Uneducated families = Noncomplex language?
Date: 24-Apr-2009
From: David Johnson <johnsondcwsu.edu>
Subject: Uneducated families = Noncomplex language?
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I am curious to hear what other linguists think about the research to which
this newspaper article refers. The researchers argue that less educated
families do not deliver language as complex to their children as those who
are educated. This lack of complex language leads to a lack of complex
thoughts (and even dreams!). Doesn't this ignore decades of linguistic
research?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2008700779_brains03.html


Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Psycholinguistics




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