29 SERIOUS YOU’RE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM ANY EXPERIMENT REGARDLESS OF ETHICAL LEGAL OR FINANCIAL BARRIERS EXPERIMENT DO YOU CHOOSE AND WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’D FIND OUT

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Take a group of unrelated completely monolingual adults—all of whom speak a language from a different language family—and have them form a little society. Give them whatever they need, just so long as they have to work together. Could even be a reality show. Whatever. See how long it takes them to produce a language they all speak. I suspect it wouldn’t take too long.

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