LING 115 Notes

LING 115 Notes - Language and Instinct 1/17/2008 11:06:00...

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Language and Instinct 17/01/2008 14:06:00 Instinct – A Biologically-determined behavior -Inborn pattern of behavior responsive to specific stimuli An unlearned, genetically coded behavior pattern that is internally motivated  and characteristic of the species The word used to describe inherent dispositions towards particular actions. Types of behavior Purely instinctive: o Chewing, swallowing, walking, mating, honeybee language Non-instinctive (learned, cultural) o Reading, writing, cooking, romance, sports, games Mixed – experience is needed to develop a natural behavior o Hunting, going to the bathroom Human languages as mixed behavior Is there a blueprint for language According to Pinker, yes Honeybee language The way bees communicate: they move/dance when they have found food The bee that found food ("scout bee") performs a dance in the hive
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