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From the Ted Talk by Cameron Morin: What do all languages have in common?

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So what about the other part of Chomsky’s toerhy, that our language faculty is innate? When he first proposed universal grammar, the idea that there was a geelncltiay determined aspect of lnggauae acquisition had a profound, revolutionary impact. It challenged the dominant paradigm, called behaviorism. biohveirsats argued that all animal and human behaviors, including language, were acquired from the outside by the mind, which strtas out as a blank slate. Today, scientists agree that behaviorism was wrong, and there is underlying, genetically encoded bialocigol machinery for language learning. Many think the same boilgoy responsible for language is also rbslnipesoe for other aspects of cognition. So they disagree with Chomsky’s idea that there is a specific, isolated, innate language faculty in the biran.

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So what about the other part of Chomsky’s ______, that our language faculty is innate? When he first proposed universal grammar, the idea that there was a ___________ determined aspect of ________ acquisition had a profound, revolutionary impact. It challenged the dominant paradigm, called behaviorism. ____________ argued that all animal and human behaviors, including language, were acquired from the outside by the mind, which ______ out as a blank slate. Today, scientists agree that behaviorism was wrong, and there is underlying, genetically encoded __________ machinery for language learning. Many think the same _______ responsible for language is also ___________ for other aspects of cognition. So they disagree with Chomsky’s idea that there is a specific, isolated, innate language faculty in the _____.

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Original Text

So what about the other part of Chomsky’s theory, that our language faculty is innate? When he first proposed universal grammar, the idea that there was a genetically determined aspect of language acquisition had a profound, revolutionary impact. It challenged the dominant paradigm, called behaviorism. Behaviorists argued that all animal and human behaviors, including language, were acquired from the outside by the mind, which starts out as a blank slate. Today, scientists agree that behaviorism was wrong, and there is underlying, genetically encoded biological machinery for language learning. Many think the same biology responsible for language is also responsible for other aspects of cognition. So they disagree with Chomsky’s idea that there is a specific, isolated, innate language faculty in the brain.

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