May 3, 2012 — Language is a social tool, shaped by cultural values more than fixed biology — so says one linguist whose work in the Amazon stirs controversy. Commentator Barbara J. King explains why this debate about the underpinnings of language makes for good science.
Apr 26, 2012 — Forget language genes or innate linguistic universals; language is not only learned, it's also powerfully shaped by the culture we live in. Fieldwork among Brazilian Indians led linguist Dan Everett to see culture as the leading determinant of language.