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July 30, 2003

Early Voices: The Leap to Language

A recent New York Times article looks at how theoretical linguists have found a renewed interest in the origins of language. Largely due to the perceived disdain of such studies by Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics, they have been largely left to geneticists for more than two decades. But recently, even Chomsky is getting involved, finding in one study "speculations (which) can be turned into a substantive research program." With the recent rapid advances in genetics and the mapping of the human genome, there is a growing feeling that scientists may finally be able to see through the mists of time and discover how humans developed the one faculty that separates us from the animals. Read the full article.

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