Re: Tool Genes and Spelling Genes

Subject: Re: Tool Genes and Spelling Genes
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 1997 09:01:33 PST

Jim McAward writes:

>Spelling ability is the marker for what I term the "grammar gene". The
>person who bothers to spell probably also bothers to read, and has a good
>grasp of language's strengths and shortcomings.

Frankly, the assumption that spelling and grammar are a genetic
characteristic makes me shudder. Also, I see no reason to try to
guess at someone's language skills through an idosyncratic
correlation when the issue can be tested directly.

-- Robert
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