8.29-31.07-LanguageDefinitions,CensusPartI

8.29-31.07-LanguageDefinitions,CensusPartI - What is...

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Unformatted text preview: What is Language? Language is the institution whereby humans communicate and interact with each other by means of habitually used, arbitrary symbols. (R. A. Hall 1964) Gibbons & Bees Features of Language (Hockett*) Bees Gibbons Music Productivity Displacement Pattern Duality Arbitrariness Discreteness No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes No--- Yes--- Yes Yes Semanticity Yes Yes No *Hockett, Charles F. (1960). The origin of speech. Scientifc American , 203, 88-96. Language as conceptualized in linguistics The standard way to think about the term is to contrast it with the term dialect In linguistics, we use the mutual intelligibility rule: two language varieties are said to be dialects of the same language Language as conceptualized in linguistics The standard way to think about the term is to contrast it with the term dialect In linguistics, we use the mutual intelligibility rule: two language varieties are said to be dialects of the same language if they are mutually intelligible Language and Dialect...
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