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Ms. Mlinko writes "motherese, a term coined by Dean Falk." The term "motherese" was not coined by Professor Falk.

Finally, I must note with dismay that the words "linguist" and "linguistic(s)" fail to appear in your otherwise enjoyable review. Derek Bickerton is identified merely as a professor, but it is highly relevant to your readers that he was a professor of linguistics, someone whose entire career has been devoted to the study of language, while Dean Falk is an expert in hominids, but has not spent a lifetime studying how human children acquire language.

Prof. Jason Merchant

University of Chicago<br />Chicago, IL

Mar 19 2009 - 8:57am

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