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Modern linguistics develops theoretical models of the language faculty, the uniquely human ability to acquire and use language. Such models are informed by many types of evidence, including native speaker intuitions, patterns of language variation and data from psycholinguistic experimentation. Properties of the language faculty that linguists aim to model range from core grammatical knowledge to the interpretation of utterances in context, and from the normal development of language to its impairments in various populations.
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