Why the world's languages are not as different as you might think

09/22/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

Most people may believe human communication includes a wide variation, given the thousands of languages across the globe. Research, however, shows that most languages are not as different, at least in their basic structures, as they might seem, Joshua K. Hartshorne writes. Language theories, including Chomsky's Universal Grammar, suggest humans have commonalities in their interpretation of language and that language might, in some ways, be innate.

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