Introduction to Language. By: Waleska J. Rodríguez Bonilla Course: Language and Culture ENG 604 Profa . Evelyn Lugo University of EL Este. “Language is more than just a means of communication”. It influences our culture and even out thought processes. From: Language and Thought Processes.
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By: Waleska J. Rodríguez Bonilla
Course: Language and Culture
Profa. Evelyn Lugo
University of EL Este
It influences our culture and even out thought processes.
From: Language and Thought Processes
Edward Sapir/ Benjamin Whorf
Language is a complex, specialized skill, which develops in the child spontaneously, without conscious effort or formal instruction, is deployed without awareness of its underlying logic, is qualitatively the same in every individual, and is distinct from more general abilities to process information. (Pinker, Language Instinct (1994).
(1972) Language is the most distinctive feature by which human beings are differentiated from animals.
“Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon”
Concerning the origin of the first language, there are two main hypotheses, or beliefs. Neither can be proven or disproved given present knowledge.
2) Natural evolution hypothesis – at some point in their evolutionary development humans acquired a more sophisticated brain which made language invention and learning possible.
Sing - song theory
Hey- you theory
Hocus pocus theory