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Introduction to Human Language - Chapter Summary
Our expert instructors make it easy to gain full comprehension of human language. By exploring entertaining lessons, you can deepen your knowledge of human language families and Creole language, and even grasp topics like animal and primate communication. Choose the lessons you wish to study based on your current understanding of human language. Any questions that arise during your review of this chapter can be submitted to our experts via the Dashboard. Multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter exam ensure you have a quality understanding of the lessons. By the end of this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:
- Define language
- Identify and describe different human language forms
- Exhibit knowledge of the study of context and meaning in human language
- Share examples of human language families
- Discuss the development and diffusion of the world's major languages
- Define and share phrases used in Creole language
- Provide a description of animal communication and language
- Showcase an understanding of primate communication and language through a case study
1. What Is Language?
Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.
2. Human Language Forms: Speech, Writing & Gestures
In this lesson, we'll look at three means of human communication: speech, writing, and gesture. Of particular interest will be how each form relates to language itself and the required features for communication to count as a language.
3. The Study of Context & Meaning in Human Language
If you are studying linguistics, then at some point, you will probably become interested in the role of context and meaning in human language. This lesson provides an overview of the basic concepts involved in this relationship.
4. Human Language Families: Summary & Examples
Languages, like people, can be traced to family style lineage through similarities and differences evolved over time. This lesson reviews the major language families and gives examples of each.
5. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion
Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.
6. What is Creole Language? - Definition & Phrases
Creole language is a language that forms from two parent language merging together into a new language. Learn more about Creole language and see an example of how Haitian Creole developed.
7. Animal Communication & Language
In this lesson we will discuss the difference between communication and language, examine whether animals have the capacity for language, and look at examples of animal communication.
8. Case Study: Primate Communication & Language
Do monkeys communicate? Does it matter? In this lesson, we'll examine communication within different kinds of primates and see what this can tell us about one specific species of great apes: ourselves.
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