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Language acquisition Michael C. Frank Symbolic Systems 100 5.19.2011
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The uniqueness of human language Müller (1864): “The one great barrier between man and brute is Language . Man speaks, and no brute has ever uttered a word. Language is our Rubicon, and no brute will dare to cross it.”
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But other animals communicate Bees signal positions for honey sources (von Frisch, 1967) Vervet monkeys have alarm calls (Seyfarth & Cheney, 1990) Dolphins can distinguish individuals (Janik et al. 2006) A variety of chimps, bonobos, etc. have been trained to learn words (e.g. Savage-Rumbaugh, 1992) So what’s different about language?
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What’s special about human language? 1. The structure: allows composition of forms to make to complex concepts 2. The use: to share meaning with others
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What’s special about human language? 1. The structure: allows composition of forms to make to complex concepts 2. The use: to share meaning with others
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Acquisition of Syntax Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. (In other words: there are rules of syntax that govern word order independently from what makes a sentence meaningful.) Noam Chomsky
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“It can only be the thought of verdure to come, which prompts us in the autumn to buy these dormant white lumps of vegetable matter covered by a brown papery skin, and lovingly to plant them and care for them. It is a marvel to me that under this cover they are labouring unseen at such a rate within to give us the sudden awesome beauty of spring flowering bulbs. While winter reigns the earth reposes but these colourless green ideas sleep furiously.” (C. M. Street)
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