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Unformatted text preview: 1 Study of Language COMD 2050 Chapter 1: Origins of Language Speculative theories regarding human language Divine source Natural-sound source Oral-gesture source Divine Source A divine source provides humans with language Divine-source experiments Problems: experiments do not hold. Children who are not exposed to language do not use language 2 Natural-Sound Source Idea that primitive words were imitations of natural sounds (bird or animal sounds). Onomatopoeia: words whose pronunciations echo naturally occurring sounds (bang, buzz, hiss). Problems: onomatopoeic words are rare, cant explain soundless, abstract concepts Natural-Sound Source Another version is the yo-heave-ho theory: first words were grunts and groans made during coordinated physical labor. Suggests that human language was developed in some kind of social context. Problem: apes and other primates have grunts and calls, but they have not developed speech the need to coordinate work effort 3 Oral-Gesture Source Humans first communicated using physical gestures then developed into a set of oral gestures involving the mouth. Tongue movement...
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