Lectures2a_2010_winter

Lectures2a_2010_winter - Plato Aristotle Ren Descartes...

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René Descartes (1596-1650) David Hume (1711-1776) nature Plato Aristotle nativism (rationalism) genetic domain-specifc symbols + rules nurture empiricism environmental domain-general associations
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Language Acquisition: 5 themes Among other things, it involves: 2. Speech perception 3. Segmentation 4. Grammar 5. Word learning What is language? 1. Is language special?
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Is language special? 1. THE CLAIM: Our brains are built to perceive and produce language. But…just because something is common doesn’t make it inevitable . 2. THE CLAIM: There is a critical period for language acquisition (Johnson & Newport, 1989). But is this really evidence for a critical period?
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Is language special? 3. THE CLAIM: Only humans learn language so well, so fast. Alex the gray parrot Akeakamai the dolphin Koko the gorilla Kanzi the bonobo
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Speech perception Time (s) 0 4.57433 0 8000 A big black pig bit a big black bear 0 2.6819 –0.07645 0.1262 0 Time (s) 0 2.6819 0 8000 Is this your sister’s sixth zither, sir?
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