Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 27 Aug 2014, 07:37

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

A linguist recently argued that all human languages must

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
VP
VP
avatar
Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 1226
Location: Taiwan
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 61 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
A linguist recently argued that all human languages must [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2005, 17:26
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 0 sessions
A linguist recently argued that all human languages must have a common origin because some concepts are universal; that is, they appear in all languages. For example, all languages are capable of describing lightness and darkness.

Which one of the following if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

(A) The Bernese language does not contain basic nouns like automobile and airplane

(B)No one linguist could possibly speak all known languages

(C) all speakers, regardless of their languages, are confronted with similar stimuli like lightness and darkness.

(D)The similarity between human language and dolphin language has not been attributed to a common origin

(E)some languages include concepts of which speakers of other languages are not even aware
GMAT Club Legend
GMAT Club Legend
User avatar
Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 5097
Location: Singapore
Followers: 17

Kudos [?]: 136 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2005, 22:46
(C) all speakers, regardless of their languages, are confronted with similar stimuli like lightness and darkness.
- If this is true, then it is not true that they originate from same origin, but because everyone experiences these stimuli and will find a word that describe it.
SVP
SVP
User avatar
Joined: 30 Oct 2003
Posts: 1798
Location: NewJersey USA
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 31 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2005, 07:49
definitely (C).
It tells us that lightness and darkness have nothing to do with languages. Since people feel it rather than hearing it from others, those people will define such feelings in their own languages.
VP
VP
avatar
Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 1226
Location: Taiwan
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 61 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2005, 08:02
Hello, guys

could you help me to refute A?

I think choice A is a counterexample, why cannot weaken?

Thanks
GMAT Club Legend
GMAT Club Legend
User avatar
Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 5097
Location: Singapore
Followers: 17

Kudos [?]: 136 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2005, 08:32
Hi Chunjuwu,

(A) is not ideal because it limits the argument to just the Bernese language. If you note from the passage, it mentions that 'all human languages must have a common origin'. This is followed by supporting reasons why the author felt so.

Here, we see a generalization. It's not specific to any langugage (English, French, Mandarine etc). So (A) would be considered narrow in this sense compared to (C).
VP
VP
avatar
Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 1226
Location: Taiwan
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 61 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2005, 17:48
Thanks, ywilfred

OA is C.

I get it.
  [#permalink] 07 Mar 2005, 17:48
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
3 Experts publish their posts in the topic Linguist: Each language has a word that captures a concept anish123ster 7 10 May 2013, 03:38
2 Experts publish their posts in the topic According to anthropologists, the use of human language nitzz 6 20 Oct 2012, 08:53
2 According to anthropologists, the use of human language vscid 8 20 Feb 2010, 23:27
According to anthropologists, the use of human language gmat_march 2 23 Jun 2007, 12:36
All human languages feature utterances that can be rdg 7 05 Mar 2007, 07:46
Display posts from previous: Sort by

A linguist recently argued that all human languages must

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


cron

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.