Language Evolution

continues…from the Big Question Wiki.

[L]anguage in it self is not genetic but a device within the brain capable of producing and understanding language is (often called the “Language Aquisition Device”). The “LAD”, with the right environment, will provide a “Faculty of language”. This “FL” will contain the syntax and grammar of any language a human is exposed to. Human beings devoid of human contact will not learn a human language. This has a certain bearing on the genetic component of language acquisition; a good genetic foundation will provide a base for good communication. The communication in it self is a social and cultural phenomenon. The emphasis on the genetic component of human language is often misunderstood to mean that languages are inherited within the brain. This is not the case. Languages exists primarily in a cultural environment; but our brains evolve to handle the rate and complexity of the languages “d’jour”.


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