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1.4: Fundamental Properties of Language

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    This unit addresses some of the common myths that people believe about languages, and responds to these misconceptions with fundamental truths about human language:
    • All languages have a grammar.
    • All languages & grammars are equally valid, in linguistic terms.
    • All languages have some universal properties in common.
    • Every language changes over time.
    • Most of our knowledge of the mental grammar of our language is unconscious.
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    Check Yourself

    1. It’s important to study Latin because Latin is more logical than other languages.

    • True.
    • False.

    2. Spending too much time texting will ruin your ability to write proper English.

    • True.
    • False.

    3. The dictionary gives the only correct meaning and pronunciation for words.

    • True.
    • False.

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