what is language - What is Language? LIN 306 January 16,...

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What is Language? LIN 306 January 16, 2008
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Language Dictionary Definition 1 “ Communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals , such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.” broad definition allows for spoken, signed, & written communication
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Language Dictionary Definition 2 “ Such a system including its rules for combining its components , such as words.” abstracted from contexts of use 1st half of course
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Language Dictionary Definition 3 “ Such a system as used by a nation, people, or other distinct community ; often contrasted with dialect.” social, cultural, historical, & political aspects of language in its contexts of use possibly excludes non-standard language varieties 2nd half of course
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“Design Features” of Language In 1960, Charles Hockett identified 13 features that characterize human language and distinguish it from other forms of communication (human and non- human)
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Arbitrariness There is no natural or essential relationship between the signal
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course LIN 306 taught by Professor Shields during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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