How do children learn language so quickly?
For decades, the prevailing view has been that they’re born with it. But a new breed of linguists is overturning this view with evidence from human evolution, cognition, and actual children.
Among these researchers is Dr Vyvyan Evans, author of a new book The Language Myth. Vyv speaks with Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Vyvyan Evans explains why there is no language instinct.
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