Linguistic Anth. Chapter 8

Linguistic Anth. Chapter 8 - How and When is Language...

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Unformatted text preview: How and When is Language Possible? Chapter 8 Language Beginnings • Innateness – Theoretical Linguistics – Language is too complicated to have evolved. – Specific human ability which has always been part of human brain. – Universal Grammar part of genetic make-up which allows us to acquire language. • Evolution – Linguistic Anthropology – Complexity and connection to culture indicates that language faculty has evolved. – Humans are born with the ability to learn language which is shaped by the language he/she is exposed to (the linguistic input he/she receives. – Four-field approach – Archaeology, Physical, Cultural, Linguistic. Defining Language • Allows us to transmit unlimited kinds of information. • Can evoke an unlimited range of responses. • Social nature • Descriptive • Creative • Includes a complex grammar Design Features of Human Language Charles Hockett • Vocal Auditory Channel – speaking and hearing is a key feature of language; Human, bird, whales, dolphins and nonhuman primate calls....
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course ANTHR 3361 taught by Professor Barto during the Spring '08 term at SMU.

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