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Unformatted text preview: Linguistics 1: Introduction to the Study of Language Class 1, Week 0 S. Shademan Teaching Staff Instructor: Shabnam Shademan Teaching Assistants: Laura Kalin Laura McPherson Laura Amador Jenn Fischer Mattyas Huggard Mai-Han Nguyen Youngsoon So Ponderings about Language 1. Why is it so easy to acquire, speak and understand our native language? 2. How is it that, despite differences in intelligence, culture, and environment, all children are successful at acquiring language? 3. Although each of us knows a language, what do we know about Language? Human Linguistic Creativity There are important, specific properties that contribute to the vast expressive power of human language. We are able to memorize thousands of words, which are an arbitrary pairing of sound and meaning. house maison dom casa We can combine words to form sentences to communicate infinitely many messages . John has a beautiful house . That house burned in a fire. I walked into my house and saw the new puppy. Some questions we will address: What is Language? What aspects of our linguistic knowledge are language specific and what parts are universal? What enables us to speak, understand, and make judgments about our language? How do children acquire a language, or more than one language? Is speech necessary to Language? What is Language? Language is: (a) a cultural artifact (b) communication (c) thought (d) an instinct Language: a Cultural Invention? All languages are exquisitely complex in structure. Chickasaw Akchihilhachoksha I am not making you dance yet Ak-chi-hilha-ch-ok-sha 1sg.neg-2sg-dance-make-neg.-yet Southern Paiute Words for we: tammi you and I tangwa you and I and one other nmmwi I and at least one other but not you But there are Universals too...
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