Linguistics: Features of Human Language
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Linguistics: Features of Human Language

This quiz covers the typical features of human language, including the use of vocal-auditory channel, total feedback, arbitrariness, and more.

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What do fluent speakers have an unconscious knowledge of in language?

specific language structures

What can speakers do with particular units in a structure, such as phrases?

Substitute them with other units or move them to other positions

What is a characteristic of units of human language, such as words, phrases, and sentences?

They display internal structure

According to the language rule, what happens when forming a yes/no question from a declarative sentence?

<p>The auxiliary verb is moved to the front, to the left of the subject</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is unique to human language, compared to animal communication systems?

<p>The use of abstract, underlying structures to form linguistic units</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do speakers know about groups of words in a sentence?

<p>They can be the structural equivalent of one word</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the basis for forming linguistic units in human language?

<p>Abstract, underlying structures</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do fluent speakers do when arranging chunks of structure in a sentence?

<p>They follow specific rules</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is an example of rearranging units in a sentence?

<p>Forming a yes/no question by moving the auxiliary verb to the front</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the key feature of human language that allows for complex communication?

<p>The use of internal structure and specific language rules</p> Signup and view all the answers

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