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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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JS Bangs

If children can speak for years before they add syntax, it seems clear that speech is possible without syntax.

Is it really true that children talk "without" syntax? That they have imperfect syntax or primitive syntax is self-evident, but I wouldn't say that they have no syntax at all. But I don't know what the consensus of researchers is on this topic. Anyone else?
BLOGGER: If you take syntax to mean "rules for combination," one- and two-year-olds don't have it. There is a tendency for English speaking toddlers to say "red boat" while French children will lean toward "bateau rouge," reflecting the practices of their culture, but the practice is not yet fixed. And when children get beyond two words their three and four or more word strings begin to look pretty chaotic.

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