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Language is a system of arbitrary symbols and grammatical signals which meaning is attributed and used for the expression or communication of thoughts and feelings.

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ID number: 4580175 ERS section 3 Assignment 4: Definition Due Date: 8 November 2002 Language Language is a system of arbitrary symbols and grammatical signals which meaning is attributed and used for the expression or communication of thoughts and feelings. Language has certain things in common. They are sound-pattern, words and grammatical structure. A sound-pattern is a group of sounds that the human can utter. Words are sounds or sound-patterns that has a meaning. Words may stand for objects, actions, or ideas. According to this definition, there is no resemblance between words and objects which they describe. Grammatical structure is the manner in which words are combined to form larger, meaningful units such as sentences. ...read more.

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It has different meaning and rule for solving the problem. This definition also includes computer language which is a special set of symbols, letters, numerals and rules, used for the transmission of information in computer. Computer language has rules for operating and programming. When you use the computer, you should follow the rules in order to operate the computer properly. According to the definition, body language is not a language because body language has no grammatical rules for expression of meaning. Moreover, each body movement can show only one or two words. We cannot use body language for the whole sentence. For example, thumb up signals very good job but you cannot use it to express what the whole sentence you would like to say. ...read more.

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For example, "A loud long, drawn-out wailing wraaaa call is made when a chimpanzee comes across something unusual or dangerous. This alarm call is a very savage sound." ( The Jane Goodall Institute, 2002). However, Chimpanzees use different alarm to signal different types of danger. When chimpanzees find a new source of food, they still use alarm call to tell the members of group. Chimpanzees' calls have no exactly meaning. People just observe their behaviors and guess the meaning of those calls. So animal noise is not counted as the term of language. Reference List The Jane Goodall Institute.(2002). Chimpanzee ( Web Site). Retrieved 8/11/02,2002, from the World Wide Web: http://www.janegoodall.ca/chimps/chimps_behav_com.html Goodall, J. (1999). Chimpanzee communication (Web Site). Retrieved 8/11/02,2002, From the World Wide Web: http://www.pulseplanet.com/archive/Nov99/2003.html ...read more.

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