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Subject:Re: spoken & written usage From:"Virginia L. Krenn" <asdxvlk -at- OKWAY -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU> Date:Fri, 11 Nov 1994 15:38:06 -0600
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Subject: Re: spoken & written usage
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Yes, I'm sure that that is what our professor and textbooks said.
There were also films and visits to the campus Child Development
No, I can't be sure that they were right.
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Author: MKEENE -at- UTKVX -dot- UTCC -dot- UTK -dot- EDU at SMTP
This sounds like an early (and wrong) version of the "critical age
hypothesis for language acquisition"--are you sure you got it right? I
used to read and write about this, and I don't remember _anyone_ taking
that strong a stand. That is, in most cultures this "helper speech" (aka
babytalk) phenomenon occurs, and however "set" our language ability is by
the time people stop doing it around us, we seem to recover pretty well.
What you've got here is the strongest imaginable version of a
hypothesis which even in its weak versions is at least questionable.
Maybe someone else out there knows the right of this?