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Remove From Wishlist Cancel. Unlike most savants a savant is someone with a remarkable talent or skill who also suffers from autism for example , Christopher, featured in the book, "cannot devise a non-losing strategy for noughts and crosses tick-tack-toe , but he can read, write, understand and translate over twenty languages. In the case of Christopher, says Professor Smith, he is unable to function in society normally. When on holiday with his sister he got completely lost - he has difficulty finding his way around.
When his sister did manage to track him down, he was helping a couple of tourists - Spanish and German - by acting as their translator. According to Professor Smith, his study is evidence for an important finding - language is independent of all other forms of cognition. For instance, the two functions - intelligence and language learning - are separate.
You may have studied French at university and have a perfect grasp of English but be unable to use a map. Includes an introduction to the current vision of linguistics most closely associated with Noam Chomsky.
Contains a glossary of all technical terms and interpretations. What does it mean to know a language? Is there a language gene? What do we lose when a language dies? Picking up where his previous book Language, Bananas and Bonobos left off, Neil Smith explores these questions and more in a collection of essays that will intrigue the linguist on holiday or the language lover in all of us. With topics ranging from sign language to the mispronunciations of two-year-olds, Language, Frogs and Savants offers a further glimpse into the fascinating world of linguistics.
Neil Smith is one of the most senior figures in British linguistics.
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With topics ranging from language death to sign language, "Language, Frogs and Savants" offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of linguistics.