- Garrett W. MitchenerAffiliated withCollege of Charleston Email author
Spontaneous language is the phenomenon in which all or part of a language is constructed based on innate assumptions combined with input from an environment that underspecifies the language. Input signals may be the product of a language or have a less formal source. The resulting language is consistent with the input, though it may not exactly reflect the process by which the input was generated.
Natural human language is a complex phenomenon, with individual and communal components. It consists of highly structured signals with rich semantics, transmitted through vocalizations, facial expressions, and manual gestures. Normal individuals each have a body of knowledge about their native language called I-language. At the community level, an E-language is the amalgam of the I-languages of all individuals and may not exactly match any individual’s I-language.
I-languages are constructed ...
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Date: 2016 (Latest)History
- 2016 (Latest)
- Spontaneous Language
- Reference Work Title
- Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
- pp 1-5
- Online ISBN
- Springer International Publishing
- Copyright Holder
- Springer International Publishing AG
- Editor Affiliations
- 1. Oakland Univ Dept of Psycholgy
- 2. Department of Psychology, Oakland University
- Author Affiliations
- 4. College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
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