|From:||Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 4:56|
>Study: Grammar ability hardwired in humans
>ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- University of Rochester scientists
>studying why characteristics of grammar are found in all languages say
>the use of grammar is hardwired in our brains.
>060206-19051000-bc-us-grammarbrain.xml#> examined deaf individuals who
>were isolated from conventional sign, spoken and written language their
>entire lives, and yet still developed a unique form of gesture
>"Our findings suggest that certain fundamental characteristics of human
>language systems appear in gestural communication, even when the user
>has never been exposed to linguistic input and has not descended from
>previous generations of skilled communicative partners," said Elissa
>Newport, a professor of brain
>060206-19051000-bc-us-grammarbrain.xml#> and cognitive sciences and
>"We examined a particular hallmark of known grammatical systems and
>found these signers also used this same hallmark in their gestured
>sentences," said said. "They designed their own language and wound up
>with some of the same rules of grammar every other language uses."
>The research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National
>060206-19051000-bc-us-grammarbrain.xml#> of Sciences.