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1 The birds do it the bees do it even worms and snails do it and we the people do it We share the art of language Language is the universal communication skill all creatures use on this place we call home planet Earth Old as the test of time how did language evolve Peter Farb author of The Story of Human Language tells us children are not capable of speech unless they have been exposed to human language Infants that are raised together without the influence of language cannot develop speech Any child will grow up speaking the language of their family or community regardless of their nationality race or the language of their birth parents Not every person can be trained to play an instrument or be successful in a sport Each person does have the ability to create various styles of speech and be creative with their own language In fact every new sentence spoken or combination of words spoken has probably never been said before in the exact same speech pattern All vocabulary groups have a variety of classes for example the English language has nouns verbs etc Most languages contain vast numbers of words and classes of words that function as adverbs adjectives and so on The number of sentence combinations becomes limitless In 1957 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Noam Chomsky published Syntactic Structures a book of linguistic theory Chomsky wrote that at birth he believed that all humans had the intrinsic ability to learn a language He theorized that the language was passed from parents to children as part of the childs biological heritage 2 As a child learns that language they can then create an endless number of new sentences No person or public speaker has the ability to use their language and to be theoretically competent Each time they give a speech it will be vastly different It will include many errors pauses
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