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What would happen if a human being was born with all faculties intact except for the language acquisition capacity?

asked 2015-11-11 20:11:08 -0400

What would happen if a human being was born with all faculties intact except for the language acquisition capacity? Assuming that the brain did not make up for the deficiency, as it usually does, is it true that: 1) the person can only learn language from observation. If so, can language be learned from observation only? 2) Such a human would more likely be considered deficient in cognition or intelligence, not a speech problem. If this is true, why?

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answered 2015-12-05 05:41:27 -0400

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Well, the capacity for language is composed of many different capacities. But primates other than humans have most of the same capacities as humans except that the don't learn human language. Even the chimps and gorillas that have been trained to use signs can communicate (all animals communicate one way or another) but they never figure out that there is a system belong stringing together individual words. A human, having human vocal apparatus, would probably be able to speak and maybe be trained to use individual words even if his brain we we just like a gorilla's, but would not acquire language systems.

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