Courtney Mulroy 22088043 Soc 212 HW #2 September 21, 2007 SOC 212 HOMEWORK 2 I. 3-6, pp. 51-53. Use complete sentences. a) The small cars get the best miles per gallon overall. The dot plot from the small cars is skewed to the left and has a large sp
Lecture 2: Learning and knowing a language Main point of todays class
Knowing a language is more than just knowing words or being able to
communicate. You also have to know its rules.
Therefore, to learn a language you must learn its rules.
Lecture 7: The Wampanoag Language (film)
Where is Wampanoag spoken?
- People who under the impression that this language was dead
- They did not know the Wampanoag people did not exist
- Perhaps the last fluent speaker died over a century ago
- Eastern Ma
From last class.
Communication is not the same as language.
To learn human languages you must learn a system of rules
(American Sign Language is also a system of rules)
Lecture 3: Can ape learn a human language? Main point of todays class
Attempts have be
Lecture 4: The equality of signed languages Main points of this class:
Signed languages are equal to oral languages. Signed languages are complex
rule systems, just like spoken languages are. This shows that the human
language instinct is flexible enough
Lecture #5: Language and Culture
Does language affect thought? Primitive languages
The Eskimo-Aleut language family.
Spoke in Northern Canada and Alaska, Western Greenland, and Eater Siberia
- About 90,000 speakers
- Straying from popular belief, Eskimos
Lecture 6: Endangered languages Main point of this class
There are still about 150 Native American languages (from distinct language
families) still spoken in the U.S.
These languages are endangered, and many communities are trying to
Lecture 10: The human language instinct 1 Main point of these classes
All humans are born with a language instinct.
There is neurological evidence for this Review
How does each animal communication system resemble/differ from human
Lecture 11: The human language instinct 2 Main points of todays lecture:
Language instinct is inherited. Language is distinct from other cognitive
capacities There is a critical period for learning language.
- Humans have an innate capacity to
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Lecture 8: How do we know whether something is instinctive or learned?
Main point of todays class
We can learn to dif
Lecture 9: More about animal communication systems Main point of
The properties of naturally occurring animal communication systems.
Differences from human language.
The properties of human language
Discussion (continues from last tim
Courtney Mulroy Linguistics Hw 5 November 30, 2007 I. Introduction: Language, as we have learned, is a naturally acquired form of communication that all humans posses. The unbounded, discrete combinatorial system allows us to say whatever we would li