Re[2]: [tied] Glen, regarding...

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 26296
Date: 2003-10-09

At 9:45:29 AM on Thursday, October 9, 2003, Patrick C. Ryan

> From: "ehlsmith" <ehlsmith@...>
>> Certainly there are differences between the two
>> populations in terms of both genetics and pronunciation,
>> but newborn infants from one population brought up by
>> adoptive parents of the other population will speak like
>> their adoptive parents, not their genetic parents. You
>> might as well propose that phonological changes are
>> caused by diet or religion, or what sports one follows.

> <PCR> I acknowledge that, in general, those newborn
> infants from the imperfectly replicating population will
> speak like their adoptive parents. But why? Perhaps
> because they will be regularly and rigorously corrected,
> and even though great effort is necessary, eventually they
> will succeed.

Obviously you know little about language acquisition in