CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 1 - COMD 2050-1 8-31-11 Ch. 1 The Origins of...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–6. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
COMD 2050-1 8-31-11 Ch. 1 The Origins of Language Yule, G. (2010). The Study of Language (4th ed.). New York:
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Origins of Human Language We don’t know how and exactly when human language began. All vertebrates have ability to produce sound and vocal patterning. Language is at least 50,000 years old and some experts say 100,000.
Background image of page 2
Where did language come from? Divine source – language given by a higher power. Ancient hypothesis that human infants reared without language input would naturally speak the original God-given language. Herodotus’ account of Egyptian pharoah Psammetichus’ experiment: he had children that were taken for 2 years of isolation with
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Natural sound source (“bow-wow theory”)- words developed from imitation of sounds in environment. Example: onomatopeia Social interaction source (“yo-he-ho” theory) – group of people having to coordinate a joint effort during physical
Background image of page 4
Physical adaptation source – physical features particularly adapted for speech in
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 6
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 9

CHAPTER 1 - COMD 2050-1 8-31-11 Ch. 1 The Origins of...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 6. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online