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Himself - Presenter
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Jean Berko Gleason ...
Herself
Zaha Bustami ...
Herself - Interpreter, United Nations
John-Paul Davidson ...
Dr. Itard
Joe Devlin ...
Himself - Wellcome Trust
Wolfgang Enard ...
Himself - Max Planck Institute
Wolfgang Klein ...
Himself - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Robert McCrum ...
Himself
Steven Pinker ...
Himself
Cathy Price ...
Herself - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
Deb Roy ...
Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
d'Armond Speers ...
Himself - Klingon Language Institute
Michael Tomasello ...
Himself - Max Planck Institute
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In this first episode, Stephen seeks to uncover the origins of human language and how and why we are the only species on the planet to have this gift. From attempts to teach chimps to speak to the so-called singing mice who have been given the human 'language gene', Stephen uncovers to what extent our brain is uniquely hard-wired for language. Watching how a child acquires language, Stephen hears from psycholinguist Steven Pinker how grammar is an innate quality, yet still has to be nurtured. Written by Joyce M

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In the beginning of the re-enactment of the feral child story, not only is the boy wearing clothes, but modern underwear as well. See more »

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References House M.D. (2004) See more »

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