24 February 2011 Lecture

24 February 2011 Lecture - Gestural studies with chimps...

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24 February 2011 Lecture  17:11 Communicating Within a Culture Steven Pinker on Language film Study with American Indian families on reservations Relationship between books and having TV in bedroom Children are brought up to learn by being very oral/visual oriented; way they learn Long history of story telling Language Evolution Language is what makes us as human unique Human Language vs. Animals Pinker et al Any component of human language can be found in one or more other animals Chomsky Language shares no interesting properties with primate calls or gestural systems or  anything we know about Trying to distinguish between what animals have and what people have Humans are only ones with full-blown language Other species have sophisticated language with some “language like” components Role of Gestures Language involves from gestures
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Unformatted text preview: Gestural studies with chimps they have preference for using right hand when communicating What do We use Language For? Provides labels for categories of objects Permits us to form internal representations of objects in our minds Allows us to convey what we are thinking Language is a symbol, and using language is a symbol Language and Culture Broad definition of language Language is a conventional (arbitrary) system of vocal behavior by which members of a community communicate with each other Language and Cultural Connection Particular cultural configuration is articulated with a specific language or dialect Meaning is a specific component of a language structure that articulates directly with the culture of specific groups 17:11 17:11...
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