5Language - Chapter 5: Language and Communication Language...

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Chapter 5: Language and Communication Language – a system of sounds or gestures that, when put together according to certain rules, results in the meanings that are intelligible to all speakers. We humans did not always have language. It is generally thought that we, and animals, have had the capacity for rudimentary language, the ability to communicate with simple symbols . o We can liken this to the way chimpanzees and other primates communicate (i.e., call systems , sign language). It is thought that humans may have been able to speak (vocalize words) about the time of Homo Erectus. o This was due to the adapting biology of the larynx, epiglottis, and hyoid bone in humans. Language – a systematic communication method that utilizes gestures and sounds that are meaningfully directed, according to a set of rules. Linguistics – the study of language, from all aspects. The study of linguistics was thought to have developed more than 2,000 years ago in India. As Europeans began to expand across the globe, more importance was given to the study of linguistics for various reasons. Symbols
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