Linguistics

4,213 views

Published on

Published in: Business, Technology
4 Comments
4 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • A great material for students ...
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • thanks
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • I really like & find your presentation useful .I am the Author of the book 'GODS DICTIONARY' already on sale at www.amazon.com,in which I tried to teach 150 languages of human including birds',animals'& substances language.I teach the Gods own universal phonetic language in my book,
    Gods Dictionary
    A Complete Analysis of World’s Languages
    तुझा देवत्व-योद्यामध्ये भरतीचा सीधासाधा राजमार्ग
    O! Earth Habitats, Learn Gods’ & goddesses’ own Maratha Language & Grammar. After Learning/ Knowing Gods Own Language, Anyone Can Understand, Any Unknown Foreign Language Of This Universe.So Henceforth No Need to Learn That Perticular Language.After Refering The GodsDictionary No Need To Purchase or Refer Any Other Languages Dictionaries.Books or Borrow Any Transliteration/Transcription Services Any More.Thus Save Your Lot of Money,Energy Headeach & Invaluable Time.Since The GodsDictionary Also Teaches You The Gods/goddesses Own Universal Single & Only One Maratha/Marathi Language, Made For The One Universe.So Just Throw Away All Worlds Danavic Languages Dictionaries Books And All Foreign Languages Learning Books Into DustBin.Do Not Attend Foreign Languages Learning Cources.SINCE NOW GODS/goddesses OWN LANGUAGE HAS ARRIVED FOR OUR ONLY ONE UNIVERSE.The Universe Is One So The Language Is One Accommodating All Worlds Languages All Scripts At The Same Time.THE WORLD IS ALREADY HAVING ONE COMMON GODS MARATHA LANGUAGE PLATFORM. O! Human beings, read carefully the GODSDICTIONARY. Get the exact meaning of any word in any language. Know what the God means to say to you, act accordingly, and work accordingly, you please be knowledgeable. Therefore, the danav shall not take advantage of your godly-illiteracy. Therefore, you should not waste your time by knowing not knowing the exact meaning of any word. Therefore the eBook of this GODSDICTIONARY is purposefully kept at minimum possible price Therefore, the human should not be blaming the God that they were not having enough money to buy the paper edition of the GODSDICTIONARY. God shall not go to hear any excuses. for each of your wrongful excessive greedy danavic acts on this earth, done by not knowing the exact meaning of any word. Shall be appropriately and severely punished by the God.Since the world belongs to exclusively to the Maratha Gods and goddesses
    Sunil Maruti Palaskar.email:sunny421302@gmail.com
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • extraordinary
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
No Downloads
Views
Total views
4,213
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
18
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
218
Comments
4
Likes
4
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Linguistics

  1. 1. CL4 Language and Culture for Business Prof. Peter Cullen Module V B1 Linguistics www.cl4englishlistening.wordpress.com
  2. 2. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Language: </li></ul><ul><li>is a system of communication </li></ul><ul><li>has an emitter who produces signals </li></ul><ul><li>has a receiver who receives signals </li></ul><ul><li>All “languages” have a function (BASIC, language of bees, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>BUT not all languages have the same structure </li></ul><ul><li>Human language has its own specific structure, and is very different from animal languages </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Linguistics: </li></ul><ul><li>is the scientific study of human language </li></ul><ul><li>it involves the formulation of hypotheses that make sense out of multiple factors </li></ul><ul><li>these hypotheses must be clear and verifyable = explicit and valid </li></ul><ul><li>attempts to identify general laws of language </li></ul><ul><li>BUT – it is descriptive and not proscriptive </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? Grammar is practical : it defines the laws of communication. Linguistics aims at understanding the language we produce according to systematic laws which are as general as possible.
  5. 5. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>The characteristics of human language: </li></ul><ul><li>Human language is discrete : elements are clearly distinguished from each other by well defined limits </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pat” ≠ “Pad” </li></ul><ul><li>Other forms of language are continuous : communicators can increasingly “specialise” the signal </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. Explorer bees can indicate distance, richness of food, and direction by introducing increasingly subtle changes in the rhythm, orientation and duration of its dance </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Animal languages do not have phonemes – articulated differentiated sounds that, individually, have no meaning, but when composed form specific signals – words. </li></ul><ul><li>Human languages can form a very high number of signs </li></ul><ul><li>- structures which have both signifyers or markers and meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Phonemes have no inherent significance, but DO distinguish significance. </li></ul><ul><li>This is called dual articulation </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Animal languages have a finite number of signs </li></ul><ul><li>The words of human languages do not make up a finite set – new words are created all the time. </li></ul><ul><li>This creativity allows the composition of complex sentences, including clauses. </li></ul><ul><li>This is called recursion . </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>i.e. </li></ul><ul><li>1) “Maria hit me.” </li></ul><ul><li>Using a verb, such as to say , we can tranform this sentence into a complex sentence : </li></ul><ul><li>with a main clause and a dependent clause </li></ul><ul><li>2) “The boys said that Maria hit me.” </li></ul><ul><li>We can also tranform this sentence into a dependent clause by using a verb such as to believe. </li></ul><ul><li>3) “The neighbours believe that the boys said that Maria hit me.” (she’s so violent!) </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>If we make sentence 3) depend on a verb such as to claim , the sentence becomes even more complex: </li></ul><ul><li>4) The Browns claim that the neighbours believe that the boys say that Maria hit me. ( this is reported speech gone mad!) </li></ul><ul><li>As you can imagine, this process could go on forever. </li></ul><ul><li>Another way to make infinite sentences is to add the word and </li></ul><ul><li>5) George runs </li></ul><ul><li>George runs and shouts </li></ul><ul><li>George runs and shouts and sweats (this is getting wierd) </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Linguistics has two contrasting aspects: </li></ul><ul><li>competence and performance </li></ul><ul><li>Our capacity to produce infinite sentences MUST be self-limited in practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Discretion and recursion separate human language from animal languages. </li></ul><ul><li>Human language is dependent on structure </li></ul><ul><li>Agreement (Maria hit s ) </li></ul><ul><li>Grammatical and non-grammatical (Maria the hit ball) </li></ul>
  11. 11. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Language – meaning the ability of all humans to develop a system of comunication with those characteristics described above (descretion and recursion) </li></ul><ul><li>Language – meaning the specific form that this system takes in each of the various humna communities. </li></ul><ul><li>What elements are common to all languages (linguistic universals)? </li></ul><ul><li>Which elements differ from language to language? </li></ul><ul><li>Languages differ in a limited way. They may be divided into linguistic types </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Languages are both written and spoken. </li></ul><ul><li>Linguistics tends to favour spoken language. </li></ul><ul><li>1) Many languages have not been/are not written. </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. Somali was not written until 1972, American indian languages etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Children learn first to speak, then to write. As well, speaking involves natural learning, not teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>3) Languages change over time. Spoken language changes first. </li></ul><ul><li>(Cullen adds “at least until the telecommunications revolution that has specifically changed language in text form) </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Often, alphabets (a,b,c, etc.) lag behind spoken usage in development. </li></ul><ul><li>As well, alphabets are contradictory and incongruent with respect to “spoken” languages. (for example the “f” sound in English may be written “f”, “ph”, or “gh” as in “enough”. </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabets move from the abstract to the concrete as they are spoken </li></ul><ul><li>/a/ /e/ </li></ul><ul><li>a 1 a 2 a 3 a 4 e 1 e 2 e 3 e 4 </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? Ferdinand de Saussure: (Course of General Linguistics – 1916) Still the conceptual basis for modern linguistics. Synchronous and Diachrnonous language Associative and syntagmatic relationships Langue et parole Parole: the linguistic execution produced by an individual. It is an individual act. Concrete. Langue: the total structure and content of the language. It predates and outlives the individual. It is collective, social, and abstract.
  15. 15. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Roman Jackobson (1960) </li></ul><ul><li>Code and Message. </li></ul><ul><li>Code is a group of potentialities. It is abstract. (i.e. Morse code) </li></ul><ul><li>A message is constructed from the units provided by the code. It is concrete. </li></ul><ul><li>Saussure Jakobson </li></ul><ul><li>abstract langue code </li></ul><ul><li>concrete parole message </li></ul>
  16. 16. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Noam Chomsky: </li></ul><ul><li>Competence: everything that an individual “knows” about their own language in order to speak and understand as they do. </li></ul><ul><li>Performance: what an individual actually does in linguistic terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Saussure Jakobson Chomsky </li></ul><ul><li>abstract langue code competence </li></ul><ul><li>concrete parole message performance </li></ul><ul><li>Langue guarantees communication because it is collective </li></ul><ul><li>Ability guarantees communication because is is widely shared by people who speak the language. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Ability does not mean “cleverness” (strong ability). </li></ul><ul><li>It means the group of linguistic knowledge that a speaker has. </li></ul><ul><li>If we ask what an individual knows in order to speak language L as they do, and what an individual knows in order to understand a speaker of language L as they do... </li></ul><ul><li>... we must subdivide this question into the various levels of linguistic structure: </li></ul><ul><li>Phonology </li></ul><ul><li>Morphology </li></ul><ul><li>Syntax </li></ul><ul><li>Semantics </li></ul>
  18. 18. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Phonological competence: </li></ul><ul><li>A speaker knows how to divide words into syllables, identify the position of accent, knows how sound structures work together to make codes in a language. </li></ul><ul><li>Morphological competence: </li></ul><ul><li>A speaker has abilities concerning the words of thier language. Accent differentiation, Word Vocabulary, composition of words (root words to composed words – adding prefixes and suffixes). </li></ul><ul><li>They know how to respect the rules of word composition </li></ul>
  19. 19. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Syntactic competence: </li></ul><ul><li>A speaker knows that you can construct different types of sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers have no difficulty constructing and understanding large numbers of new sentences without having heard them before. They can intuit the grammatical structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic competence: </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers can recognise the meaning of words and sentences, as well as the relationships between words (synonym, antonym, ambiguity of meaning). </li></ul><ul><li>They know what words mean, how their meanings relate. </li></ul>
  20. 20. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Grammar: </li></ul><ul><li>A body of linguistic knowledge stored in the mind, constructed from a complex balance of biologically innate factors (i.e. that rules are dependent on structure) and experience acquired within the native linguistic community (i.e. the words of a language are acquired through experience) </li></ul><ul><li>Primary linguistic data – experiential learning. </li></ul><ul><li>A culture of communication? OH YES!!!! </li></ul>
  21. 21. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>One language cannot produce all linguistic possibilites. </li></ul><ul><li>A language is a code </li></ul><ul><li>Codes are comprised of: basic units </li></ul><ul><li>rules for combining the units </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. “fingers and toes” in English do not translate equally into Italian. </li></ul><ul><li>Each language makes “choices”. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only choices of vocabulary and sound, </li></ul><ul><li>But also choices of morphology and syntax </li></ul>
  22. 22. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Syntagmatic relationships: sounds represented by units of code (letters) lose their individual properties and act as a “spoken chain”. i.e. “at”, “ate” </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigmatic or associative expression: </li></ul><ul><li>the syntagmatic relationship carries through more than one word </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. gender agreement in Italian “il mio amico” </li></ul><ul><li>This paradigm excludes all other possible forms. </li></ul>
  23. 23. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Synchronic and Diachronic structures: </li></ul><ul><li>Language changes over time: they are diachronous in nature (change over time). A linguistic analysis may look at the substitution of one element for another as time passes. </li></ul><ul><li>But we can study language as it is at the moment without considering the “time factor” </li></ul><ul><li>This is called synchronic analysis – looking at elements that occur at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>Synchrony does not mean “present” – it means without studying the time factor – i.e. Today’s Latin grammar (note: A-B axis = synchronous C-D = diachronous) </li></ul>
  24. 24. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Linguistic signs: </li></ul><ul><li>Words are signs, that is, they combine marker and meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Signs have various properties: </li></ul><ul><li>Distinction: each sign indicates something different. </li></ul><ul><li>Linearity: signs carry over time or space – they are arranged in successive order. </li></ul><ul><li>Arbitrary: no natural law imposes the choice of meaning for any given sign. This means they evolve. </li></ul><ul><li>The study of linguistic signs is called semiotics. </li></ul>
  25. 25. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>According to Jakobsen, the components necessary for linguistic communication are: </li></ul><ul><li>The speaker </li></ul><ul><li>The subject of speech or conversation </li></ul><ul><li>The message </li></ul><ul><li>The channel for transmitting communication </li></ul><ul><li>The code </li></ul><ul><li>The listener </li></ul><ul><li>Each component has a corresponding linguistic function </li></ul>
  26. 26. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Each component of linguistic communication has a corresponding linguistic function. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotive – an expressive function of the speaker </li></ul><ul><li>Referential – informational function </li></ul><ul><li>Poetic – forces listener to appreciate the construction of the message itelf </li></ul><ul><li>Phatic – a function that verifies the channel </li></ul><ul><li>Metalinguistic – when the code is used to speak about the code itself (i.e. a grammar book) </li></ul><ul><li>Conative – commands and imperatives </li></ul><ul><li>Jakobson theorised that each text held a prevailing function (of these 6). i.e., a driving manual is primarily referential, although may contain conative functions. </li></ul>
  27. 27. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Dialects: </li></ul><ul><li>Many languages can be stratified – that is, broken into sub-categories that include regional and local variations. </li></ul><ul><li>Written English </li></ul><ul><li>Formal spoken English </li></ul><ul><li>Informal spoken English </li></ul><ul><li>Regional forms of spoken English </li></ul><ul><li>Regionally specific dialects </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial capital dialects </li></ul><ul><li>Local dialects </li></ul><ul><li>This stratification moves from the abstract and national to the concrete and local </li></ul>
  28. 28. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>A stratification for English may be: </li></ul><ul><li>Written work according to Oxbridge or Chicago rules based on the OED or Webster’s Dictionary. </li></ul><ul><li>RP or Webster’s based American </li></ul><ul><li>Geographically neutral, but nationally based informal speech (slurring, slang, contextual references) </li></ul><ul><li>Yorkshire dialect or Maritime Canadian </li></ul><ul><li>Geordie (Newcastle upon Tyne) </li></ul><ul><li>Lunenburg county (NS, Canada) </li></ul>
  29. 29. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>The mix is cultural – often not occuring in writing. </li></ul><ul><li>The standarisation of writing is cultural, and follows settlement patterns. (migration, immigration and mixing). </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. RP developed from migrants to London from Bedfordshire, Northhamptonshire, and Huntingtonshire in the 14° and 15° centuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Even RP is considered a dialect, and has changed over the past 50 years (HRH now pronounces “Land”, “Laend”, not “Leand”. The BBC is now quite mixed. </li></ul>
  30. 30. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Linguistic prejudice: </li></ul><ul><li>The stratification of a language, or the comparison of two languages, does not carry any moral weight based on concepts of civilisation, standard/dialect, aesthetics, or difficulty. </li></ul><ul><li>All languages and dialects have specific phonology, morphology and syntax. </li></ul><ul><li>RP is a dialect too – with it’s own cultural heritage. </li></ul><ul><li>Global English has successfully challenged previous standard models. </li></ul>
  31. 31. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>David Crystal: </li></ul><ul><li>The development of Global English focuses primarily on spoken models. </li></ul><ul><li>The assumption today is that there is little macro-regional differentiation in standard English, but this may change. </li></ul><ul><li>Many traditionally non-English speaking populations now use components of English in everyday life, as well as for specific functions (work, entertainment, etc.), and they adapt the language to fit their needs. </li></ul><ul><li>This phenomenon does not confine itself to source regions, but may spread from one area to another as people move. i.e. Chinese trading in Nigeria, using English. </li></ul>
  32. 32. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Language may be used for inclusion or exclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a culturally informed method and expression of communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Accent or dialect may be used as an identifyer – with positive and negative results. </li></ul><ul><li>Our means of communication is not an end in itself, it is part of our cultural expression. </li></ul><ul><li>Globalisation has changed the way we order our strata </li></ul>
  33. 33. What is “Language” and what is “Linguistics”? <ul><li>Jonathan Friedman: </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in the “globalised” world is a meeting ground of cultural strata - both vertically and laterally. </li></ul>Global function Nation Nation Nation Region Region Region Region Region Region Super region

×