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"From the Ted Talk by Murray Gell-Mann: The ancestor of language"

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One thing is distant relationships among human languages. And the professional, historical linguists in the U.S. and in wteesrn Europe mostly try to stay away from any long-distance relationships, big groupings, groupings that go back a long time, loengr than the familiar families. They don't like that. They think it's crank. I don't think it's crank. And there are some brilliant lsiintugs, mostly rsuniass, who are wirokng on that, at Santa Fe Institute and in Moscow, and I would love to see where that leads.

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One thing is distant relationships among human languages. And the professional, historical linguists in the U.S. and in _______ Europe mostly try to stay away from any long-distance relationships, big groupings, groupings that go back a long time, ______ than the familiar families. They don't like that. They think it's crank. I don't think it's crank. And there are some brilliant _________, mostly ________, who are _______ on that, at Santa Fe Institute and in Moscow, and I would love to see where that leads.

Solution

  1. western
  2. russians
  3. linguists
  4. working
  5. longer

Original Text

One thing is distant relationships among human languages. And the professional, historical linguists in the U.S. and in Western Europe mostly try to stay away from any long-distance relationships, big groupings, groupings that go back a long time, longer than the familiar families. They don't like that. They think it's crank. I don't think it's crank. And there are some brilliant linguists, mostly Russians, who are working on that, at Santa Fe Institute and in Moscow, and I would love to see where that leads.

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