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Lecture 4

CMNS 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Mnemonic, Alliteration, Lifeworld

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CMNS 110
Anis Rahman

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Week 4: 09/23/14
How to prepare for the midterm:
Questions based on: Lectures and readings
Essay type questions: Answer two out of four choices
Write between 4-5 pages, double spaced
Well organized, coherent, critical, analytical
Draw relations between lectures and reading materials
Create a list of synthesis of topics, theories, debates, and analyses
from lectures, readings, and tutorial notes
Collect and combine examples from study materials, tutorials, and
from your own observation
Further tips on how to write a good exam will be made available on
Canvas- Assignments- Mid term exam
Recap from previous week: Language and Culture
Language is a complex social, cultural, historical practice. Like
technology, language is not ideologically neutral. It can be a tool for
power and domination
Language and grammar are not unique to human species. Knowing
how animals communicate can be useful to compare human
communication. IT also forces us to think beyond human/speech
The origin of language is deeply embedded with the acquisition
of language which is still unsolved
Using a language and knowing about your acquisition of language are
not the same thing
Hockett’s Design Features of Language provides valuable
analytical tool to compare human and animal communication.
The Mokens
Pass their information and knowledge by oral tradition. Illiterate tribe of
people. Their forms of communication include gestures and rituals, rather
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