Child first language and adult second language are both tied to general-purpose learning systems

@article{Hamrick2018ChildFL,
  title={Child first language and adult second language are both tied to general-purpose learning systems},
  author={Phillip Hamrick and Jarrad A. G. Lum and Michael T. Ullman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={115},
  pages={1487 - 1492}
}
  • Phillip Hamrick, Jarrad A. G. Lum, Michael T. Ullman
  • Published 2018
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Significance It has long been debated whether the mechanisms that underlie language are dedicated to this uniquely human capacity or whether in fact they serve more general-purpose functions. Our study provides strong evidence that language—indeed both first and second language—is learned, in specific ways, by general-purpose neurocognitive mechanisms that preexist Homo sapiens. The results have broad implications. They elucidate both the ontogeny (development) and phylogeny (evolution) of… CONTINUE READING

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