My experiments with Languages

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The following series of writings is the product of five year research into language acquisition by us. These are only preliminary findings customized for popular writing.

Say goodbye to vocabulary drilling and grammar exercises, thanks to the latest insights into language learning. Language learning is an instinct that humans have been naturally gifted with.

How does a child start breastfeeding without prior training? How does a child who cannot dress properly or solve simple 2+2 arithmetic problems form complex sentences in present, future and past without any classroom or text book or even before the child reads or writes? If these are instincts, then from where do these instincts come from?

The solution to language acquisition is very simple, the brain contains an internal system that can be compared to a hardware which when programmed adequately can learn any language as first language.

For decades, we have been following a system of learning languages where we begin with the alphabets, simple sentences, complex sentences and yet take years to gain the fluency. But the reality is that there is no need to learn grammar structure or syntax. Our brain has the inherent capacity to understand this syntax and semantics if adequate exposure is available.

This can be substantiated by the hypotheses that the brain contains a communication circuit that is packed into a very small space similar to the DNA but has an infinite capacity to grow, evolve, understand patterns, create templates, organize sequences, associate things, appreciate analogies and similarities between two unrelated things in life, create unique communication techniques and it is this what makes human beings stand apart from the rest of the creation.

The above hypotheses can be supported by the fact that language acquisition is identical across different languages even if the kids do not have all the necessary requirements at their disposal. And children of deaf parents acquire language given a minimum input of 5 to 10 hours of spoken language per week. Deaf children experience difficulties acquiring oral language but go through the normal stages of language acquisition if exposed to a natural sign language.


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