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Language origins  Language acquisition  “magical” words  2 theories of language origins  Charles Hockett and the Design Features of Language - began thinking about origins of language - language is a social thing - means of expression - every culture has “taboo” words and polite words - represent ideas by changing the way we refer them “Magical Words”  Politeness: ‘please’ and ‘thank you’  Expletives (cursing, swearing)  Hate speech  Dysphemisms and euphemisms  (softer, gentler words)  The Call of Nature Hypothesis  The Gestural Origins Hypothesis - maybe we have gestures first then vocalize Hockett’s Design Features of Language  interested in basic structure of how language was built  kind of fun approach  only humans have language, animals have communication systems  vocal/auditory channel  rapid fading  compe
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