What are the properties of a language?
How does syntax provide meaning to language?
Is language learned?
Ability to use finite number of words and rules to produce an infinite number
Convey information about other times and places
Language is structured
Sentence: The strangers left
Phrase: The strangers
Word: The strangers
Morpheme: Strange er s
Morpheme – Exam
Good, unabridged dictionary 250,000 to 300 000
Student vocabulary 150 000
Most anything in English can be said with a vocabulary of 850 words
Telephone conversations: 96% of “talk” made up of 737
Correlation word frequency and word length = -0.75
Arranging elements in a “meaningful” way
Importance of grammar
The wicked vampire bites the girl
Confusion of sounds. (knoc