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Understand Linguistics: A Teach Yourself Guide

Understand Linguistics: A Teach Yourself Guide

by Jean Aitchison

Four ways animal language differ from ours

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An animal may be able to warn its fellow animals of a predator in its environment, but what if it needed to express the notion that in an hour it will be dangerous to go to the river bank. There seems to be no way for them to signal the possibility of a futur...

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Animals which use vocal signals have a stock of certain sounds they can utter, and in extreme cases, some of them, such as birdes do combine sounds, though it takes place quite seldom. But when it comes to humans we can combine these sound units which are called phonemes to create larger units. B...

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As far as animal communication is concerned, there are only a handful of messages they can send or receive. So, inevitably these messages will be repeated time and again. On the other hand, humans are not restricted in what they can communicate, as they can convey a variety of different messages ...

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In human language, the number of words in a sentence is irrelevant to its basic structure. For example, some one can't express the past in English by always adding an -ed to the third word in a sentence.Because mechanical means do not determine the meaning of a sentence. In fact, it is im...

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