What is language

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What is language? 30/01/2007 12:09:00 Most animals communicate in some manner What makes human communication unique? Language – 5,000-6,000 around the world Primates  o Can’t communicate re: past and future o They lack physical structure of mouth and throat for speech Features of Human Communication     Symbolism o Sounds and written words have meanings Displacement o Past and future Productivity and duality of patterning o Combining words in a manner that transmits varied meaning Words as symbols Words are arbitrarily assigned o i.e. dog, house, chair Vary from culture to culture Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis o Language, thought, and culture are closely intertwined o Thinking determined by language Limited to our language o Different languages represent different world views o “lost in translation” Structure of language Phonemes —the most basic sounds of a language of a language that make a  difference
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o i.e. “tab”  “tag”  “tan”  We learn to hear them Capacity in childhood Phonemes are important, but they generally do not carry meaning in 
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