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COMD Ch1 - The study of language(3rd edition George Yule...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 10/19/09 The study of language (3rd edition) George Yule. Cambridge Univ. Press. Chapter 1: The Origins of Language
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10/19/09 Where did spoken language originate? Did talking drive the need to converse? Did the need to converse drive the development of speech?
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10/19/09 Question: Is English innate? Are we hardwired from birth to have language? Are we hardwired from birth to have English?
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10/19/09 theories regarding human language Divine source Natural sound source Physical adaptation source
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10/19/09 Divine source I Biblical Tradition: “whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof”
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10/19/09 Divine source II Hindu tradition Sarasvati (wife of Brahma)
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10/19/09 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
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10/19/09 Divine source experiments Psammetichus 2 newborn babies spontaneously uttered: Bekos Identified as the Phrygian word meaning “bread”
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10/19/09 Divine source experiments cont… King James IV Similar experiment Hebrew
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2009 for the course COMD 2050 taught by Professor Collins during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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