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Unformatted text preview: Lecture #2: Language Acquisition Connecting Through Symbols I. Introduction a. Connection requires control to satisfy our needs. 1. Shape our identity; build relationships 2. Accomplish tasks 3. Share and develop cultures b. Success: increase signal/noise ratio 1. Control signal strength 2. Reduce noise or interference II. Language a. The Power of Language: Sharing Ideas and Building Civilization b. Definition 1. A system of symbols 2. Used to map reality 3. To Communicate thoughts 4. Example: Use of the word crusade by President Bush to describe our response to terrorism. c. Characteristics of Symbols: 1. Semantics, or a system of meaning: Terrorists vs. Freedom Fighters 2. Syntax, or how symbols interact: Punctuating and ordering sentence strings 3. Pragmatics or how we use symbols: To inform, persuade, insult, tease, inspire. 4. Lexicon (Vocabulary Mental Dictionary) 5. Phonology the sound system of how the mouth produces sound....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course COM 100 taught by Professor Donohue during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '08