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Chapter 10 Notes- Language.docx

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Chapter 10 Language IntroductionLanguages Flexible systems that use symbols to express many meaningsIt is known that species can communicate with each otherbut this does not mean they have languageFor example Even insects communicate A female moth that is ready to mate an release chemical that will bring male moths form miles away You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would say that the moth understand languageOne conclusion that emerged from the studies of primates and language is that true verbal ability is a social behavior Psycholinguistics A branch of psychology devoted to the study of verbal behavior This branch is more concerned with human cognition than with the particular rules that describe languageThey are interested in how children acquire languag
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