2005-01-25

Language acquistion in Slashdot

Here is a very weird discussion in Slashdot if you are a linguist. Someone asked: "At what age do people learn [how to code] faster?" One of the first replies then mentions "language" acquisition, but in this case, language means programming language. The same person also mentions linguistics, contrasting to "language" acquisition. Ant the following posts have abundant misconception about human language acquistion. As usual, people are mostly giving opinions based on impressions. Today's leson: next time you fellow linguist chats with a non-linguistics-aware nerd, make sure he understands language as human language, not programming language.

Disclaimer: Read the post on your own risk. Slashdot discussions are usually very long and boring to read.

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