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How did the First Language Begin? The Mystery of the Pirahã

How did the First Language Begin? The Mystery of the Pirahã

In 2010, orator Hans Teeuwen gave a lecture in London on the topic of speech dysfluencies in the English language. “…if I was in a peculickar- peculiar circumstance- what a -f-caw caw-it language you guys got. “…if I was in Read more…


6. How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth

6. How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth

Professor Paul Bloom: This class today is about language. And language is, to a large extent, where the action is. The study of human language has been the battleground over different theories of human nature. So, every philosopher or psychologist Read more…


Sign Languages and the Mind: Their History, Science and Power, Part 1

Sign Languages and the Mind: Their History, Science and Power, Part 1

– So hello, welcome. My name is Raffaella Zanuttini. I’m a faculty member here in the Linguistics Department. When I started planning this event with the help of some of our students, I had two goals in mind. I thought Read more…


Sign Languages and the Mind: Their History, Science and Power, Part 2

Sign Languages and the Mind: Their History, Science and Power, Part 2

– Okay, I’m Steve Anderson. I was previously the Chair of the Linguistics Department at Yale, which will turn out to be relevant. It’s my pleasure to introduce Gerald Shea. Gerry is not either a linguist or a psychologist and Read more…