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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?
Chapter 2: The Biological Basis of Language
The Biological Basis of Language
▴ Photo 2.1 This artistic representation illustrates the interconnected neurons. Have you ever thought about how many neurons would be involved in your saying hello to a friend?
As long as there have been people, there has likely been an understanding that the contents of the head play an important role in the ability to speak and to understand language. From the historical record, we know that even the ancient Egyptians recognized that wounds to the head could result in problems with speech. An early historical account is contained in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, which dates back to the 16th century BC. It provides an account of an individual who sustained a wound to the temple ...