Language and communication

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23/01/2008 09:11:00 Language and communication Linguistic anthropology o The anthropological study of language All people use language to encode their experience and to structure their  understanding of the world and themselves Anthropologists study language in its social and cultural context Linguistic anthropology Study of language and communication o Language Human beings’ primary means of communication Using sounds or gestures that are put together in meaningful  ways according to a set of rules Features Productivity – the ability to use language rules to create  new expressions Displacement – the ability to speak of things and events  that aren’t present It is culturally transmitted – learned, shared, and taught to  new generations Defining human language Animal communication o Call systems Instinctive sounds or gestures
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