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Department
Linguistics
Course
LIN200H1
Professor
Chandan Narayan
Semester
Fall

Description
Lecture 1 Introduction to Language 1. Design features of human language proposed by Hockette, the feature that distinguish human language from other communication systems  Displacement o The ability to talk about things that are not present-in remote time (past and future) or space (here or elsewhere)  Arbitrariness o No logical connection between the form of sign and the thing it refers to o Onomatopoeia- still arbitrary, because different languages have different words for the same concept  Productivity o The ability to understand and create never-heard-before utterance  Semanticity o Words have meanings  Discreteness o Messages in the system are made up of smaller, repeatable parts rather than indivisible units-sentences are made up of words; words are ma
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