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2011-05-13 15:16:05

Parents know the unparalleled joy and wonder of hearing a beloved child's first words turn quickly into whole sentences and then babbling paragraphs. But how human children acquire language-which is so complex and has so many variations-remains largely a mystery. Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed an answer: Humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. In other words, we know some of the most...

2010-06-03 14:30:00

NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In benefit of The Riverside Church's Mission and Social Justice Ministry to Benefit Haiti Relief, renowned author Noam Chomsky will discuss the ongoing problems confronting Haiti in the wake of the earthquake catastrophe on Tuesday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. at The Riverside Church, South Hall, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. At the event, Chomsky will share his insights regarding the ongoing problems confronting the...

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2006-04-26 14:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The simplest grammar, long thought to be one of the skills that separate man from beast, can be taught to a common songbird, new research suggests. Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular birdsong "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature. It took University of California at San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner a month and about 15,000 training attempts, with food as a reward, to...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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