PSYC 250 Language processing

PSYC 250 Language processing - PSYC 250 LANGAUGE PERCEPTION...

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PSYC 250 LANGAUGE PERCEPTION NOTES LANGUAGE PROCESSING Primary instrument of learning Virtually every human knows/uses at least 1 language Distinguishes between humans and other animals Psycholinguistics: how language is used, processed, and how it effects behavior Language or communication? Evolutionary/ species-dependent debates Do other animals have language? What is the difference between language and communication? Anthropomorphic bias: overly applying human-like characteristics to animals Sue Savage Rumbo taught Kanzi (bonobo) to communicate using pictures Kanzi –not Sue- taught Kanzi’s baby Do bonobos have the capacity for language? What is language? A shared symbolic system for communication Three properties of this definition Symbolic Shared Enables communication What does language require? Hockett’s (1960) linguistic universals: features or characteristics that are common to all known Languages Arbitrariness: sounds have no connection to meaning Displacement: ability to talk about past and future events
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course PSYC 250 taught by Professor Timothymiura during the Spring '11 term at Loyola Chicago.

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PSYC 250 Language processing - PSYC 250 LANGAUGE PERCEPTION...

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