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10 Cards in this Set

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List the 9 Design features
mode of communication, semanticity, pragmatic function, interchangeability, cultural transmission, arbitrariness, discreteness, displacement, productivity
What are the examples of
non-arbitrariness in language.
onomatopoeia, kiki/bouba, intensity of vowels (teeny)
Describe discreteness
Ability to combine discrete units to create larger communicative units.
Ability to express propositions that have not been expressed before by the combination of discrete units. Unfixed.
What features are exhibited and what aren't in a honeybees dance
Yes: Interchange, Discreteness, Displacement (?)

No: Arbitrariness, cultural transmission, productivity
What features are exhibited and what aren't in vervet calls
Yes: Arbitrariness, cultural transmission, interchangeability,

No: Displacement, discreteness, productivity
What are some evidence that animals do not have language?
Limited productivity, must be taught, do not invent languages naturally.
What is the conclusion of animal communication studies with respect to human languages?
Animals have a qualitatively different communication system then humans.
What are some evidence that speech is more basic that writing?
Archaeological evidence, not every language has a writing system, writing must be taught, neurolinguistic evidence, writing can be edited
What is the neurolinguistic evidence that speech is more basic than writing?
The processing and production of written languages is overlaid in the spoken language centers in the brain.