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Unformatted text preview: Language V Language V Animal language Animal language The language instinct The language instinct Language is a uniquely human Instinct : we are predisposed to learn Ability : only humans learn language The Language Acquisition Device Used to learn grammatical rules Innate constraints on learning Animals cant use language Can Can t or don t or don t? t? Could they learn language if taught? Washoe Washoe Koko Koko Kanzi Kanzi Overview Overview If they can learn, why dont they? Neural basis of communication Can we teach animals language? Methods and results What can animal language tell us? How are humans different? Overview Overview If they can learn, why dont they? Neural basis of communication Can we teach animals language? Methods and results What can animal language tell us? How are humans different? If they can, why don If they can, why don t they? t they? Cultural evolution of language? Animals not exposed to grammar BUT : children learn grammar w/o exposure AND : isnt there evolutionary pressure to use language? Maybe they do learn language? Rudimentary language in social interaction Supported by same neural structures explore the similarities Language in the brain Language in the brain Language activates left hemisphere L R Cabeza & Nyburg (2000) Lateralization in animals...
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