Exploring Language Researchers used to think that grammar and vocabulary were the only things needed to carry on a conversation. But over the last two decades, a much more complex picture of language has emerged. It turns out that words and sentences are just the tip of a huge linguistic iceberg.

The Inner World of Ripley the Robot

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Autism Reveals Social Roots of Language

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A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes

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