Lecture 1

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12 Apr 2012
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What is Language?
Defining Language
All languages have five basic things in common:
1) a system of distinctive sounds
2) units known as words
3) grammatical structure
4) strategies for using language in various personal and social ways
5) resources for making new words and, thus, new meanings
Language and Speech
Saussure (langue and parole)
Vocal and written
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