Lecture 2 - Language Acquisition

Lecture 2 - Language Acquisition - Lecture 2: Language...

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Lecture 2: Language Acquisition I. Connecting Through Symbols A. Connection requires control to satisfy our needs: a. Shape our identity, build relationships b. Accomplish tasks c. Share and Develop cultures B. Success: increase signal/noise ratio a. Control signal strength b. Reduce noise or interference II. Language A. Sharing Ideas and Building Civilizations B. Definition a. A system of symbols b. Used to map reality c. To communicate Thoughts d. Example: Use of the word “crusade” by President Bush to describe our response to terrorism C. Characteristics of Symbols: a. Semantics, or a system of meaning: Terrorist vs. Freedom Fighter b. Syntax, or how symbols interact: Punctuation and ordering sentence strings c. Pragmatics, or how we use symbols: To inform, persuade, insult, tease, inspire d. Lexicon (vocabulary – mental dictionary) e. Phonology – the sound system of how the mouth produces sound f. Morphology or the rules of word formation g. EX, For example, consider these words seen next to the swimming
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