The Nature of Language: Arbitrariness and Communication
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The Nature of Language: Arbitrariness and Communication

Explore the concept of arbitrariness in human language and its implications on communication. Discuss the relationship between symbols and their meanings, as well as the role of learning in language development.

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What is the main function of patterning in English language?

To restrict which items can occur together and their order

What does the structure-dependency concept in language refer to?

Understanding the internal structure of a sentence

How does the text describe language based on patterning?

A network where each word derives meaning from other words

In the context of structure-dependency, what does adding '-ed' to a verb aim to achieve?

<p>Indicate past tense based on the sentence's internal structure</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does the text suggest that words gain validity and existence within language?

<p>By being placed within an intricate network of interrelated elements</p> Signup and view all the answers

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