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Re: Linguist: Some people have understood certain studies as showing that [#permalink]
Hello, madhukaramar


B. Pointing out an inconsistency in the view that bilingualism overstresses a child’s linguistic capacities.
E. Pointing out a methodological error in the technique used to obtain the purported evidence of a problem with bilingualism.
Okay - E is the correct answer but on what grounds are we rejecting B.???


In this passage, the author is trying to point out a flaw in the reasoning of people. The passage tells that people generally conclude that bilingualism gives a "conceptual gap" as it overstresses a child's linguistic capacities. Here the overstressing factor is the cause of the peoples' conclusion. But the author is not trying to negate the reason for their conclusion, but he is trying to show that the studies are flawed from which people are concluding. He exemplifies the flaw in the test pattern.

So, we can go for the option E and reject B.
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Linguist: Some people have understood certain studies as showing that [#permalink]
jackspire wrote:
Hello, madhukaramar


B. Pointing out an inconsistency in the view that bilingualism overstresses a child’s linguistic capacities.
E. Pointing out a methodological error in the technique used to obtain the purported evidence of a problem with bilingualism.
Okay - E is the correct answer but on what grounds are we rejecting B.???


In this passage, the author is trying to point out a flaw in the reasoning of people. The passage tells that people generally conclude that bilingualism gives a "conceptual gap" as it overstresses a child's linguistic capacities. Here the overstressing factor is the cause of the peoples' conclusion. But the author is not trying to negate the reason for their conclusion, but he is trying to show that the studies are flawed from which people are concluding. He exemplifies the flaw in the test pattern.

So, we can go for the option E and reject B.
Hope it helps.

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ha ha - I will not argue because i agree with your logic. I re-read the passage today and it completely makes sense -
there is a cause and effect mentioned in passage ,and as per linguist there is no causal relation or to be precise effect is not there at all. So linguist is not saying that the cause is not there , may be cause is there but it has nothing to do with the effect.

well , thanks for your input :)
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Re: Linguist: Some people have understood certain studies as showing that [#permalink]
Answer is E. B is close but we can reject B since author is not citing any inconsistency. Infact he is theoretically putting that how any method is drawing wrong result

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