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What is Language? SHS 120Y, Dr. Rispoli Unit 1, Lecture c
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Language is NOT a virus We study language scientifically. We are not poets, like William S. Burroughs, who said “Language is a virus from outer space” Side bar: This quote inspired the performance artist Laurie Anderson: http:// www.youtube.com/watch = DZkjoXyexKk
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Basic Components / Domains of Language Semantics Phonology Morphology Syntax Pragmatics WORDS and their meanings RULES USE of language In conversation to go ‘beyond semantics’
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Semantics The meaning of words, phrases, and sentences The mental lexicon is volume of words a person understands and uses. Think of words as being objects in Space. Words that are closely related semantically are close in that space. Bee is closer to Insect than it is to Time
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Semantics is the component of language in which synonym and antonym relationships would be registered Side bar: this website is a great way to build your vocabulary, and expand your semantics http://www.freerice.com/
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the study of the sound system of a language. Speech refers to the
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