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- 1) But just the opposite is true—language is one of the most complex of all human cognitive abilities.
- 2) By contrast, not everyone becomes proficient at complex mathematical reasoning, few people learn to paint well, and many people cannot carry a tune.
- 3) Because everyone is capable of learning to speak and understand language, it may seem to be simple.
- 4) It is wrong, however, to exaggerate the similarity between language and other cognitive skills, because language stands apart in several ways.
- 5) For one thing, the use of language is universal—all normally developing children learn to speak at least one language, and many learn more than one.