Language Acquisition

Language Acquisition - Lecture 2: Language Acquisition...

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Lecture 2: Language Acquisition Monday, January 14, 2008 12:30 PM Introduction- a. Connection requires control to satisfy our needs a. Shape identity b. Accomplish tasks c. Share and develop cultures b. Success- Increase signal/noise ratio a. Control signal strength b. Reduce noise or interference (annoying habits) Language- a. The power of language: Sharing ideas and building civilization. There are tons of symbols that we see every day (stop signs, text messages…) b. Definition of language a. A system of symbols b. Used to map reality (making sense out of, structuring) c. To communicate thoughts d. Ex- Use of the word “crusade” by Pres. Bush to describe our response to terrorism- Arab nations interpret word in different way (religious war). He meant the word to be commitment. You have to be aware of other interpretations. c. Characteristics of Symbols a. Semantics-system of meaning- Terrorist v Freedom Fighters- label that you apply to someone can evoke different reactions. b.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course COM 100 taught by Professor Donohue during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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