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Psych Notes 10/09/2008 Language Phonemes: where accents come from Morphemes: smallest unit of meaning in a word. 80,000 morphemes in English language Language Acquisition in chimpanzees: experiment where people raised chimps as kids. Chimps have no language but they screech. Chimps don’t have social structures to be able to study and learn. Using sign language and smarter chimps. We can try and teach american sign language to chimps. Chimps are good at learning vocab but can’t create complex sentences. They learn vocab vocab, not grammar. Explanations Learning--Skinner. You learn language just like you learn how to walk, drive, etc. Innate Neutral mechanics--Chomsky. People don’t learn, they come up with rule. Critical period for learning language. After 12 years, learning language becomes harder. LAD (Language acquisition device) somewhere in the brain. WILD Childs: children that were abandoned to see if they would lack language and behave
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2009 for the course PSYC 104 taught by Professor Reysen during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.

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