LING 09_14

LING 09_14 - 09-14-09 Previous Lecture: - Nativist View:...

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09-14-09 Previous Lecture: - Nativist View: domain specific language faculty - Empiricist (Connectionist) View: language as a sub-product of a general cognitive capacity or a high-level computational device, based on experience. Innateness Arguments: - Language vs Other Cognitive Abilities - Specialization of brain areas for language - Invention of language - Biological window of opportunity for acquiring language Christopher and Neil Smith video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d77qudwyVg Language and the Brain - Cerebral localization of language - Aphasia: brain injuries affecting language - Damage to specific areas of the brain correlates with impairment of linguistic abilities attributed to these areas Creolization - Communities of speakers with no common language create a pidgin (a communication system with no systematic grammar) - Children exposed to a pidgin develop a full-fledged language - Complexity of a creole: cannot come from the input – can only come from the children NSL / Nicaraguan Sign Language
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2009 for the course LING 1010 taught by Professor Wurmbrand during the Spring '09 term at UConn.

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LING 09_14 - 09-14-09 Previous Lecture: - Nativist View:...

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