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Title: Uneducated families = Noncomplex language?
Submitter: David Johnson
Description: 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

Date Posted: 27-Apr-2009
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 20.1607
Posted: 27-Apr-2009

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