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JB-2050_Ch1 - COMD 2050 CHAPTER 1: THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE...

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CHAPTER 1:  THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE COMD 2050
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According to Darwin, early humans had already developed musical ability  prior to language; were using it to “charm each  other” Is this human language????? Does a language have to be audible????
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theories regarding human language Divine source Natural sound source Social Interaction source Physical adaptation source Tool-making source Genetic source
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Divine source  Biblical Tradition: “whatsoever Adam called  every living creature, that  was the name thereof”
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Divine source Hindu tradition Sarasvati (wife of Brahma)  creator of the universe
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Divine source Occurs in most religions… Basic hypothesis: “if human infants were allowed to grow up without hearing  any language around them, then they would spontaneously  begin using the original God-given language.”    pg. 2
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Divine source experiments Psammetichus- Egyptian pharaoh - conducted an experiment 2500 years ago -isolated two newborn infants for a period of 2  yrs;  2 newborn babies spontaneously uttered: Bekos Identified as the Phrygian word meaning “bread”
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course BLAW 1000 taught by Professor Stuff during the Spring '12 term at LSU.

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JB-2050_Ch1 - COMD 2050 CHAPTER 1: THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE...

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