Linguistics Homework 9

Linguistics Homework 9 - Andrea Kam Linguistics 101(08...

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Andrea Kam April 24, 2008 Linguistics 101 (08) Homework #9 1. In what sense is the bee dance comparable to human language? the bee “dance” is a communication system based, among others, on various movements and rotations of the body made by a bee who has detected a food source. The goal of the dance is to “tell” the other bees in the hive where a specific food source is located. They can convey information about direction, distance, and quality of the food source. A remarkable property of the bee language is that bees can produce a finite number of messages (i.e. tail wagging). Human language also has the property of infinity (in the sense that there is no limit to the number of sentences). 2. There are certain resemblances between the process of language acquisition by humans and the process of song acquisition by song birds.
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