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  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 02:32 AM

Language: The Cultural Tool by Daniel Everett – review

Tim Radford / http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/15/language-cultural-daniel-everett-review
Language, in the Everett formula, is the sum of cognition plus culture plus communication. There is no need for a language instinct to set a three-year-old suddenly talking nineteen to the dozen. The infant's ambient culture compels the order of subject, verb and object, the potency of individual words and phrases (such as "nineteen to the dozen"), and the precise choice of phonemes.

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