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First Biolinguistics Conference

I have just spent three days at a fascinating conference on biolinguistics, as the field now describes itself.

There were 18 presentations, two on matters of speech pathology, my own and one other. Mine was about my research on the possibility of defining most speech disorders on failures with respect to biological evolution. The other was largely about the unusual case of a boy who was almost completely unintelligible until he was five and half and yet understood things in a way beyond his years. The event closed with a one hour session with Noam Chomsky. He gave a brief account of how the field had developed from student discussions in which he had been a participant in the late 1940s to the present. He then answered questions.

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