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There are between 4,000 and 6,000 languages remaining in the world and the characteristics of these languages vary widely. How could an infant born today master any language in the world, regardless of the language's characteristics?

Planning Speech: From Thought to Articulation
Planning speech: from thought to articulation

When we are speaking in formal settings—to elected officials, to bosses, to older members of our communities, or to other authority figures—we may choose our words carefully, taking our time to ensure that each utterance is exactly what we mean to say. We also may be extra mindful that our utterances do not contain undesirable connotations or ambiguities. At other times, when we are speaking to peers, we may speak quickly and without much conscious effort. It may seem to take no time at all for us to go from an idea of what we would like to say to actually saying it. Because speech planning occurs so rapidly, understanding the cognitive ...

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