First Causes in Language

on March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Sound trumps meaning in first language learning” ScienceDaily.

First, let me console my friends and followers. Sound does not trump meaning. Sound and meaning are one and the same in the brain. First sound meaning, trumps secondarily learned meaning, is the correct means of expression.

The article is very interesting and I take this quote:

“[Children] do not always rely on the most predictive information available when learning their first language. Instead, children disproportionally value the phonological information.”

The link to the article:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312161802.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Flanguage_acquisition+%28Language+Acquisition+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

Since I am writing and you are reading, I can’t deal in phones or phonemics: you can’t hear me. Calls and cries are first cause. I will use the word “food” as a cry. The “F” in food is phonological information. Being “first cause” the “F” allows for grouping. Grouping for food will become classed as both food and a type of food. Fudge will become secondarily grouped into the food classification without conflict of interest. It starts with the sound “F.”

The conflict of phone over meaning comes into play when nouns are used “wrongly” in accordance with the innate meanings. Foundation is not something to eat. It is something to build on.

True, you might say that apple does not start with the letter “F” and it is food. That is the whole point! Apple does not start with the letter “F” so it does not need to compete with the meaning of food and is accepted as the noun for that type of food without conflict. The brain sees food and hears apple: no conflict of calls or cries, thus words. Read into it the placing of nouns onto objects and not setting up different categories of things.

The link to the published study is:

http://www.linguisticsociety.org/document/statistical-insensitivity-acquisition-tsez-noun-classes

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