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From the Ted Talk by Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But the word "grammar," actually, there are two kinds of grammar. There's the kind of grammar that lives inside your brain, and if you're a native speaker of a laauggne or a good speaker of a language, it's the uuocsnnicos rules that you follow when you speak that language. And this is what you lraen when you learn a language as a child. And here's an example: This is a wug, right? It's a wug. Now there is another one. There are two of these. There are two ... Audience: Wugs. Erin McKean: Exactly! You know how to make the pruall of wug. That rule lives in your brain. You never had to be taught this rule, you just understand it. This is an erenexipmt that was invented by a professor at [Boston University] named Jean breko Gleason back in 1958. So we've been talking about this for a long time.

Open Cloze

But the word "grammar," actually, there are two kinds of grammar. There's the kind of grammar that lives inside your brain, and if you're a native speaker of a ________ or a good speaker of a language, it's the ___________ rules that you follow when you speak that language. And this is what you _____ when you learn a language as a child. And here's an example: This is a wug, right? It's a wug. Now there is another one. There are two of these. There are two ... Audience: Wugs. Erin McKean: Exactly! You know how to make the ______ of wug. That rule lives in your brain. You never had to be taught this rule, you just understand it. This is an __________ that was invented by a professor at [Boston University] named Jean _____ Gleason back in 1958. So we've been talking about this for a long time.

Solution

  1. experiment
  2. plural
  3. berko
  4. learn
  5. unconscious
  6. language

Original Text

But the word "grammar," actually, there are two kinds of grammar. There's the kind of grammar that lives inside your brain, and if you're a native speaker of a language or a good speaker of a language, it's the unconscious rules that you follow when you speak that language. And this is what you learn when you learn a language as a child. And here's an example: This is a wug, right? It's a wug. Now there is another one. There are two of these. There are two ... Audience: Wugs. Erin McKean: Exactly! You know how to make the plural of wug. That rule lives in your brain. You never had to be taught this rule, you just understand it. This is an experiment that was invented by a professor at [Boston University] named Jean Berko Gleason back in 1958. So we've been talking about this for a long time.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
wear hats 2
perfectly good 2
good word 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
perfectly good word 2

Important Words

  1. berko
  2. boston
  3. brain
  4. child
  5. erin
  6. experiment
  7. follow
  8. gleason
  9. good
  10. grammar
  11. invented
  12. jean
  13. kind
  14. kinds
  15. language
  16. learn
  17. lives
  18. long
  19. named
  20. native
  21. plural
  22. professor
  23. rule
  24. rules
  25. speak
  26. speaker
  27. talking
  28. taught
  29. time
  30. unconscious
  31. understand
  32. university
  33. word
  34. wug
  35. wugs