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El Rollo del ‘Árbol de la Sabiduría’

January 21, 2010
Miler Lagos discusses the opportunity to display his work at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
Article Source: Al Día (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 21, 2010

Language Structure Is Partly Determined by Social Structure, Says Penn Psychology Study

PHILADELPHIA –- Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world.

The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival.

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