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Media: Possible Language Gene/NY Times Articles

Submitter: Carlota S. Smith

Submitter Email: carlotasmith@mail.utexas.edu
Media Body: re media:
There was an article in yesterday's NYTimes (Oct 4) about a possible
language gene - related to studies by Gopnik and others of a family
with a language disorder. In today's Times there's a letter from
Philip Liberman on the topic.

Carlota Smith

Carlota S. Smith
Centennial Professor of Linguistics
Dept of Linguistics
University of Texas
Austin, Tx 78712-1196

Issue Number: 12.2488
Date Posted: October 07, 2001

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