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Comm107- chapter 2 outline

Comm107- chapter 2 outline - CHAPTER 2 Foundations of...

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CHAPTER 2 Foundations of Verbal Language Language is a system of human communication based on speech sounds used as arbitrary symbols. Studying language involves the study of meaning, meaning based on words, the way words are placed together, and the backgrounds and experiences of communicators. Gestural Theory suggests that “long before early humans spoke the jabbered away with their hands… speech was an ingenious innovation but not quite the freakish marvel that linguists have often made it out to be.” (There is no fossil record to prove this theory; therefore it is not universally accepted) The word identification that we have been taught to go along with an image is known as a symbol Cybernetic process- the theory indicating that the process of acquiring and using language functions much like a computer in that the cortex stores, computes, and eventually processes incoming signals and puts forth the necessary information; starts to develop in humans at about the third month after birth How we acquire our language Language Explosion Theory- we build communication skills from the core of language we develop early in life. A dyad is a pair, such as mother-infant, father-infant, or sibling- infant. An infant is often paired into a dyad with the person that spoke to them the most.
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