Language as a Scientific Phenomenon

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Message Vibration impinge on eardrums Message Words assembled into phrase Transmitted through air as vibration Sounds via movement Session 1 – 08/26/10 (Chapter 1 pp. 1-11, Pinker Chapter) Language as Scientific Phenomenon What is special about language? Linguistic knowledge Changeability of language Defining language What the science of language is not The Humanity of Language Language is our most important and universal communication medium All human, and only humans, are born capable of using language. The human brains has an innate (natural) capacity for language use Acquired through exposure/ interaction, no overt (apparent) instruction. Human doesn’t need lesson. Flexibility of Language High capacity of transmitting information Tremendously evocative, i.e. bring tears, laughter Permits continuity of culture (history, science, law) The Subconsciousness of Language Subconscious Effortless The Innateness of Language I NNATENESS : human brains are wired for language, and vocal anatomy for producing the sound of language. Neural specialization
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course LING 275 taught by Professor Mintz during the Fall '08 term at USC.

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