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Click to edit Master subtitle style 9/9/09 COMD 2050 Chapter 1: The Origins of Language
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9/9/09 Where did spoken language originate? Are we hardwired from birth to have language?
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9/9/09 theories regarding human Divine source Natural sound source Physical adaptation source Genetic source
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9/9/09 Divine source I Biblical Tradition: “whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof”
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9/9/09 Divine source II Hindu tradition Sarasvati (wife of Brahma) creator of the universe
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9/9/09 Divine source Occurs in most religions… Basic hypothesis: “if human infants were allowed to grow up without hearing any language around them, then they would spontaneously begin using the original God-given language.”
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9/9/09 Divine source experiments Psammetichus- Egyptian pharaoh 2 newborn babies spontaneously uttered: Bekos Identified as the Phrygian word meaning “bread”
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9/9/09 Divine source experiments cont… King James IV Similar experiment Hebrew However, most children that are isolated from language at a very young age grow up with no language at all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipt0pjz0mwg&feat
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9/9/09 Natural sound source I Idea that primitive words were imitations of natural sounds. Onomatopoeic
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