Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation, where he discussed new research, suggesting that the human brain is hardwired with an innate understanding of language, supportive of linguist Noam Chomsky's claims.

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, found that participants could guess what sounds were represented by letters from unfamiliar alphabets at rates better than one would expect from simple chance. Although Dr Breen noted that a single study cannot be used to prove Noam Chomsky’s theory right, he listed several reasons which make it very significant:

“First, the study makes an important contribution to the fields of psycholinguistics (the relationship between language and psychological processes) and understanding how we acquire languages, for both native and non-native learners of languages.”

He also added that the study could lead to new ways of understanding and teaching literacy by giving readers a better understanding of how speech sounds and written letters are linked, which could be particularly helpful to those who have difficulties with deciphering individual letters within words.

Read the whole article on The Conversation.

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