Language use, not language, is what develops in childhood and adolescence

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):280-281 (2006)
That both language and novel life-history stages are unique to humans is an interesting datum. But failure to distinguish between language and language use results in an exaggeration of the language acquisition period, which in turn vitiates claims that new developmental stages were causative factors in language evolution.
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