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Unformatted text preview: Comm 101 2/2 and 2/7/2011 The birds and the bees and the chimpanzees … and you and me 1. Limitations of communication models 2. What do we all use communication for? 3. Modes of communication o olfactory invertebrates o visual low vertebrates o tactile high vertebrates o auditory Chemical Visual Visual + Auditory Signal repertoire size: Combination: Invention: Speed of transmission: 4. Do we speak the same language? Primate Language Human Language Instinctive (hard wired) Learned Involuntary Voluntary Expressing emotions Symbols, abstract concepts beyond observable environment Comm 101 2/2 and 2/7/2011 • Vervet monkeys (Cheney & Seyfarth, 1980) • Apes and sign language Primate Language Repertoire size Syntax Productivity 5. Evolutional foundations of human communication Humans are biologically natural talkers • “language instinct” Human adaptations for speech • brain adaptations o left hemisphere o Broca’s area o Wernicke’s area o Are you smarter than a chimp? • vocal tract adaptations o larynx Human Language ...
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