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The Study of Language – Part I P. Sebastian. Why study linguistics? 1.Its what makes us distinctly human. 2.The more you know the more effective you are.

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1 The Study of Language – Part I P. Sebastian

2 Why study linguistics? 1.Its what makes us distinctly human. 2.The more you know the more effective you are. 3.Its interesting. 4.A well-educated person should know something about language. 5.The study of language is ultimately the study of the mind.

3 Aspects of Language Development Learn language Learn through language Learn about language

4 Deductive vs. Inductive Approaches Rule instruction vs. linguistic investigation

5 Linguistic Investigation Eu tenho os livros. Posso ter os bilhetes por favor? O gato correu para a casa. Eu conheci o professor hoje. Você tem as mochilas? What do the words o, a, os, and as mean in Portuguese and what are their functions? What determines their usage?

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7 More investigations! ks.%20%0ACan%20I%20get%20the%20tickets%20please%3F% 20%0AThe%20cat%20ran%20to%20the%20house.%20%0AI%2 0met%20the%20teacher%20today.%20%0ADo%20you%20hav e%20the%20backpacks%3F ks.%20%0ACan%20I%20get%20the%20tickets%20please%3F% 20%0AThe%20cat%20ran%20to%20the%20house.%20%0AI%2 0met%20the%20teacher%20today.%20%0ADo%20you%20hav e%20the%20backpacks%3F

8 The Human Language 3:00-4:25 – Language is made up of rules that we must follow in order to communicate. There are violations of grammar rules that prevent meaning and there are those that simply distort it. 9:15-10:20 – Sounds, words, sentences (Language Productivity) 28:45-30:30 – Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. 30:30-35:00 Universal Grammar, differences and similarities between languages In what ways are human languages similar? 38:00-39:50 – Grammar of Warlpiri (inflective with suffixes to denote function of words) 44:00-45:00 - How effective is language? What is a spiral? Draw a picture of its not going to rain 50:00 – Displacement though abstraction (talking about future/past etc.)


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