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Volume 10 Issue 1 (January 2007), Pages iii-iii, 1-158

Is speech learning ‘gated’ by the social brain? (pages 110-120)


I advance the hypothesis that the earliest phases of language acquisition – the developmental transition from an initial universal state of language processing to one that is language‐specific – requires social interaction. Relating human language learning to a broader set of neurobiological cases of communicative development, I argue that the social brain ‘gates’ the computational mechanisms involved in human language learning.

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