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Session 16_Language_handout - Preconceptions We tend to...

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1 The Nature of Language Dr. Kim Vu PSY 332: Cognition 1 Session 16 Class Announcement For Chapter 10 you only need to read pages 354-358 (as stated on the syllabus) PSY 332: Cognition 2 Dr. Kim Vu pages 354 358 (as stated on the syllabus) Linguistics Study of language (Noam Chomsky) words PSY 332: Cognition 3 Dr. Kim Vu structure We tend to think of language as a great invention of ____________ taught to children t ht i h l Preconceptions PSY 332: Cognition 4 Dr. Kim Vu taught in schools a cultural invention Some claim that this is ____________ instead, language is an ____________ Why is language considered an Instinct? “The universality of language is a discovery that fills linguists with awe, and is the first reason to suspect that language is not just any cultural PSY 332: Cognition 5 Dr. Kim Vu invention but the product of a special human instinct” (Pinker, 1994) No ____________ has ever been discovered There is no such thing as a ____________ language Difficulties developing ____________ language Biology Language is a specialized skill of human animals H i ti ti l PSY 332: Cognition 6 Dr. Kim Vu Humans ____________ instinctively learn language unconscious
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