PSYCO105 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Temporal Lobe, Language Acquisition Device, Pragmatics

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Mental representations includes images, ideas, concepts and principles. Manipulate mental representations in forms of language, thinking, reasoning and problem solving. Language consists of a system of symbols and rules for combining these symbols in ways that can generate an infinite number of possible messages and meaning. Psycholinguistics is the scientific study of the psychological aspects of language, such as how people understand, produce and acquire language. Evolutionary theorists believe that the use of language evolved as people gathered to form larger social units. The need to have communication for survival. Language uses sounds, written charterers or some other system of symbols to represent objects, events, ideas, feelings and actions. Grammar is the set of rules that dictate how symbols can be combined to create meaningful units of communication. Syntax the rules that govern the order of words. When communicating with friends, they extract the meaning and it is hoped that they interpret it in the correct or intended meaning.

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