Are we hard-wired for language?

New studies have found that infants (and even adults) seem predisposed to certain combinations of sounds and words. But is this evidence for innateness, or is there another explanation?

Linguist Daniel Midgley takes us into a great debate on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Forensic linguistics has found a likely candidate for the author of a crucial Bitcoin document

It’s Nick Szabo

An article in the Daily Mail that seems very certain that language is innate.

Slightly better ones from Science Daily.

The article in PNAS

About the sonority hierarchy

Australian languages show different phonological tendencies than does Italian: VC as well as CV (PDF)

Learning can begin very early.

The ‘shoes blue’ experiment. With an opinion by Chomsky.

Banning ‘Nazi’ in Israel

Show tunes

‘Bubble Baby’ by Clouds
from the album Favourites

‘Cry! Baby!’ by Bibio
from the album Ambivalence Avenue