If 100 babies were raised in a closed room, which language would they speak?
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What kind of people would babies born in a completely enclosed environment be in the outside world? How would they communicate with each other, if it was possible to raise those babies in such an environment without meeting any people? Which language would they speak between each other?
Of course, I'm not the first one to think about these questions. Many times throughout history, newborn babies were isolated from everybody and were experimented on. These experiments are called language deprivation experiments because the subjects are prevented from communicating with the outside world in any way, either orally or in writing. The aim is to find the source of language, and moreover, to understand the foundations of human nature.
Of course, it is extremely unethical to isolate babies to understand such a thing. That's why cultural historians like Roger Shattuck have chosen to give such experiments a different name: Forbidden Experiment.
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