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In this video from The Human Spark Alan Alda meets with Harvard University's Elizabeth Spelke, who believes the symbolic function of language is what ignites the human spark. Alda then visits Helen Neville at the University of Oregon and participates in her research into the role of grammar in differentiating humans from other animals. Both Helen Neville and John Shea, from Stony Brook University, see a connection between language and the making and using of tools.
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