Stout Chapter 5 - possibly is cold As they develop...

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Many animal and even plant species communicate with each other. Humans are not unique in this capability. However, human language is unique in being a symbolic communication system that is "learned instead of biologically inherited." In this week's reading response, please explain how language and human communication are learned and culturally constructed. Please reference examples from the text in your response. The history of language is key in knowing how each culture constructs each language. Five hundred thousand years ago human starting blending sounds that they called words, the blended sounds were blended with other blended sounds that were then called words. The words were nothing like what we call words today, but none the less they were still words. The complex language that we have now is fairly new in comparison to the human race. At a young age humans learn how to communicate, most start crying as young as hours old. Babies cry for many reasons, some including they are hungry, tired, need a change in diaper, need attention, and
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Unformatted text preview: possibly is cold. As they develop physically there thought also develop, with the developing thought they need some way to express them other than crying. They then start to learn how to communicate with words that are pass down to them by repetition from there parents. The person’s unique culture has its own type of accepted form of communication. If you are in a very technical type of setting the words you will be using will not be “that thing –a – majig” every part has a specific name. Also in the modern urban culture there are many new words that have been accepted. Human interaction and communication has come a long way since the grunts of cave men and the blending of sounds. Words are every changing and new blends are always coming part of a widening vocabulary. Words like spork, skort, and brunch were not around some 100 years ago. What words are next? Will kifoon (knife, fork, and spoon all in one) catch on? Only time will tell!...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ECON 300-08 taught by Professor Jerad during the Spring '08 term at Fox Valley Technical College.

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