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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-06-21 05:47
Subject: [personal] Words of the_child
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Yesterday, amid the mad rush of moving activity and other things, the_child was apparently fully engaged in a spirit of scientific inquiry. Our discussions included analyses of a number of questions, such as:

"Where do birds get their water?"

"Who invented language?"

"How do they know people and monkeys are related? Do they look at the bones?"

Thank Ghu I'm still smart enough to stay ahead of her, at least a little while longer.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2007-06-21 12:54 (UTC)
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The day I intuitively grasped my father didn't have all the answers was a sad day.
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Jay Lake: child-smiling_close
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-06-21 13:01 (UTC)
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She isn't quite there, but will be very soon. I still remember standing in line at the post office with her a few years ago when she chirped up in her most carrying voice, "Daddy, how come you know everything?"

There were a lot of smiles in the room.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2007-06-21 13:13 (UTC)
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Well, even when you hit that point (judging from my own subjective experience) you can show her how to look things up to answer that very question.
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User: klingonguy
Date: 2007-06-21 14:00 (UTC)
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So, what was your answer for "who invented language?"

I can introduce you to someone who invented a language. :)

Perhaps of more interest to the child would be looking at the people who invented writing systems. I know of at least three cases where we can point to the person who gave his people written language (and one of them happened since you were born!). This could make for some fascinating reading for the child (or it could just be projection on my part).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-06-21 14:09 (UTC)
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Actually, we had a discussion of early human hunter-gatherer practices, and the "hunting call" theory of language development. This was contrasted with the vocalizations of cats, dogs and songbirds.

We also talked about language families and linguistic evolution, with a discussion of cognates as an example of the evidence for such processes. Since she takes German and Spanish at school, she was able to supply some of her own cognates.

Writing systems woud be a terrific topic as well.
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