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comm1.0122 - Comm 1 1/22/08 Mullin Verbal communication...

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Comm 1 1/22/08 Mullin Verbal communication (language) Important features of language (language distinguishes human communication from animal communication) Symbol/word meaning is arbitrary (human-made conventions) o Arbitrary = made up, not based on anything, no natural connection between one thing and another o No natural connection between words and what they stand for o Agree that words stand for a certain thing o If meanings are human made there is a lot of room for interpretation and variation Language is rule-governed o Subjects and verbs, agree with one another o Rules on how to turn sentence into a question, etc Language is capable of displacement o You need language to talk about things that aren’t right in front of you o Talk about things that happened in the place that aren’t right there, something in the past o Talk about things that aren’t real, hopes, dreams, imagination, future The Referential Function Most basic function of language We use language to refer to things and ideas
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course COMM 1 taught by Professor Mullin during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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comm1.0122 - Comm 1 1/22/08 Mullin Verbal communication...

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