Putting language acquisition to the test
Children around the world acquire language and with it the human ability to communicate complex thoughts. Twelve targeted language acquisition studies will be conducted on a global scale in order to determine whether language radically compresses thought structures to sound or sign. While current theories assume a parallel between thought and language or meaning-preserving transformations, the EU-funded LeibnizDream project assumes that thought is mapped to language by only realising some pieces of conceptual representations. The project has recruited collaborators for more than 50 languages from 21 different language families, two sign languages and two creoles to carry out the studies.
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