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Comm1_10-08 - Comm. 1 10/08/09 Verbal Communication...

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Comm. 1 10/08/09 Verbal Communication (Language) Important Features of Language - Words are one way we communicate (the main way?) - Symbol/word meaning is arbitrary (human-made conventions). This is neither good nor bad, it just is; the words themselves/letter combinations, have no direct relationship to what the actual words mean/represent. Usage is the convention that determines how people agree upon words - Language is rule-governed. - Language is capable of displacement; displacement means that we need words; we use words to talk about things that are in front of us and things that are not in our immediate presence. We can also talk about things that are not real or that we do not even know about firsthand. The Referential Function: we use language to “refer” to things and ideas - We categorize things and label them - Example: peach what makes it a peach? Color, texture, taste, experience regarding the peach. Peach vs. fruit vs. citrus fruit group things w/ similar characteristics. Arbitrary connection - The triangle of meaning: symbol (word)-------------- object (referent)
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2010 for the course COMM 1 taught by Professor Mullin during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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Comm1_10-08 - Comm. 1 10/08/09 Verbal Communication...

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