>>7590823 Opie, our DNA gives us a general-purpose pattern workshop in our skulls. Language is a natural consequence of having this tool. Ultimately, you're arguing semantics. And, oh yeah, your Mom's a whore.
>>7590881 >https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_child#Reality That stuff is amazing though. Just think about to what degree you are programmed by your environment. People have these delusions about who and what they actually are. Such as "being yourself". And seeing current ethics, the culture they happen to be born into etc, as absolute truths. "I would never think a different way". Yeah, you would.
It's a complex social behavior. The DNA codes for the tools and brain regions responsible for generating symbolic speech, but doesn't code deeper than that.
However, with what we are beginning to understand about epigenetics and our dynamic genome, it's not preposterous to suggest that certain people's languages, and the basic characteristics of the language, make changes to their genome over time -- allowing a more "inherited" grasp on developing language skills as a youngster. For instance, the Chinese language involves a lot of pitch and tonalities. This could be a characteristic that causes gene evolution and allows Chinese children to be able to learn and speak the language more easily than a kid of the same age, originating somewhere else.
>>7590923 >think about to what degree you are programmed by your environment.
You must have missed this part: >The impaired ability to learn a natural language after having been isolated for so many years is often attributed to the existence of a critical period for language learning, and taken as evidence in favor of the critical period hypothesis.
You're genetically predisposed to learn language as a toddler, not an adolescent.
>>7591012 Language's critical period is from age 3 to 13ish. This can be shown in sibling studies of parents who move to different countries/regions when their children are on the cusp. For example, Henry Kissenger moved to America when he was 14, and had a heavy german accent his entire life. His younger brother, who was 11 or 12 at the time, has no accent.
>>7590962 Crib talk has actually been shown to be gibberish. It's completely random and unrelated to any languages.
Think about it. The sounds you use to create actual words (in any language) are complex combinations of throat, tongue, cheek and lip muscle control. As a baby you have none of that, and are only expelling breath from your lungs. The sounds that come out (except for crying and laughter, basically) are completely random.
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