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Re: [ontolog-forum] language and thinking

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 17:42:00 -0500
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On Mon, 2010-08-30 at 15:24 -0700, Randall R Schulz wrote:
> On Monday August 30 2010, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
> > John Bottoms wrote:
> > > We know that the window for learning speech closes pretty tightly
> > > by 15 years of age.
> I might be willing to accept that if interpreted as: "If an individual 
> is not exposed to speech at all before age 15 they will have an almost 
> insurmountable challenge in acquiring it at all thereafter."
> But inability to learn new languages after age 15? I just don't accept 
> that. I made good progress starting to learn Mandarin at age 20.     (01)

It's just empirically false.  Many people become reasonably fluent in
languages they are only first exposed to in college.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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