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"From the Ted Talk by Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal"

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We see it in the constant appearance of slang and jargon, of the historical change in languages, in divergence of dialects and the famortoin of new languages. So language is not so much a creator or shaper of human nature, so much as a window onto human nature. In a book that I'm currently wrkinog on, I hope to use language to shed light on a number of aetscps of human nturae, including the ctigiovne machinery with which hnmuas conceptualize the world and the relationship types that govern human interaction. And I'm going to say a few words about each one this morning.

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We see it in the constant appearance of slang and jargon, of the historical change in languages, in divergence of dialects and the _________ of new languages. So language is not so much a creator or shaper of human nature, so much as a window onto human nature. In a book that I'm currently _______ on, I hope to use language to shed light on a number of _______ of human ______, including the _________ machinery with which ______ conceptualize the world and the relationship types that govern human interaction. And I'm going to say a few words about each one this morning.

Solution

  1. working
  2. humans
  3. cognitive
  4. formation
  5. nature
  6. aspects

Original Text

We see it in the constant appearance of slang and jargon, of the historical change in languages, in divergence of dialects and the formation of new languages. So language is not so much a creator or shaper of human nature, so much as a window onto human nature. In a book that I'm currently working on, I hope to use language to shed light on a number of aspects of human nature, including the cognitive machinery with which humans conceptualize the world and the relationship types that govern human interaction. And I'm going to say a few words about each one this morning.

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Important Words

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