Journal and discussion board
Journal: Based on what you read & and observed in the videos, what are the differences between Kanzi & Koko in terms of their ways to communicate? In which important ways does primate communication differ from human communication?
Discussion Board: Most animals communicate with each other, and some also communicate with humans. Describe some forms of communication that you have observed in animals such as pets, farm animals, etc.
Journal: Based on what you have learned about language and people’s ways of thinking and the language of the Piraha, describe two characteristics of the Piraha language. In which ways do these characteristics support the theory that language determines what speakers of a language can think/conceptualize?
Discussion Board: According to the strong Sapir/Whorf Hypothesis, speakers of a language cannot think/talk about concepts for which there are no words in their language. If this were true, what would it mean for learning a foreign language? For example, Spanish has two words for the English word “corner”: Esquina and Rincon. Could an English speaker ever understand the difference between the two? Can you think of another example of a word that exists in one language but not in another?
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