the theory that humans are biologically equipped with a knowledge of certain universal elements of language structure that is brought into play in the course of native-language acquisition.
Is English an innately positive language? Scientists say yes.Mathematicians at the University of Vermont have been meddling in a field very far from boring numbers. Earlier this month, they officially declared the English language “optimistic” based on a careful analysis that combined statistics and subtle human evaluation. The researchers, led by assistant professor Chris Danforth, aggregated texts from Twitter, the New York Times, song lyrics, and Google Books’ database dating back to 1520. …
Linguists recently found an Indo-European language hiding in rural Pakistan. Learn its story here.At some point you’ve heard about the concept of language “families.” Generally, common sense defines how language relationships work: geographic neighbors often share a common ancestor. If this story were consistent, however, there wouldn’t be anything interesting for us to talk about. Take for example, this amazing discovery stemming from 20 years of research. Linguist Ilija Casule tied a language spoken in Pakistan called Burushaski …
- innate immunity,
- innate releasing mechanism,
- inner automorphism,
- inner bar,
- inner barrister,
- inner cell mass
Also called nativism.
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