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Lecture 2

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Barry Mc Clinchey

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English 210I Lecture #2 Thursday September 12, 2013 - language was not created or invited, it evolves - shaped by humans using it, it grows with our use to express things - language has evolved to satisfy human needs - language is always changing -for example: the word “like” is used to express various things -“she is like 100 years old” -“Kennedy is like Sarah” (the oldest form of using the word “like”) - language is arbitrary -English we call a dog “ a dog”; in French “le chien” - it is still a dog - only by convention we agree that a word refers to something specific - language is inherently social - we use it to make connections with others -we use it to establish and confirm social roles -
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