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jan 11 2008 - Human Species Archaeology(Cont o Any...

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Human Species January 11, 2008 - Archaeology (Cont.) o Any human-caused (anthropogenic) change in the local environment o Examples range from subtle changes in soil structure to massive deforestation to enormous irrigation projects o Easter island for example - Linguistic Anthropology o Study of human speech and language Origins of language in general and specific language Studying contemporary languages provides insight into historical ties between languages o Acquisition and use of language is a unique human characteristic Study the process of language acquisition in infants o Romance languages Evolved from Latin French Italian Spanish Portuguese Romanian o Relationship between culture and language We can’t have our culture if we don’t have language Language reflects the way members of a society perceive phenomena We can’t reproduce culture if we can’t explain it to one another How does the use of language shape perceptions in different cultures?
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