Symbolising and language skills, Biology

Language, a powerful tool for communication should have played a very important part in the evolutionary history of human species. Two relevant questions that could be asked of human language in an evolutionary context are : i) when did it originate and ii) what were the selection pressures that led to its development as a powerful facility for the exchange of ideas? There cannot be definitive answers for either of these questions. Yet we can do some knowledgeable speculations.

One of the inan's major adaptations is symbolic thinking and its expression through a symbolic language. Language is the foundation of human culture and this adaptation has distinguished man from other animals and in fact has made him superior to them. Other organisms, however, can also learn a few things, for instance birds can learn to do new things with their beaks by observing another bird. A chimpanzee can put together two sticks to make a long one to obtain a fruit placed out of its reach. But even here the animal can do this only if all the elements are together in one place. In other words, the chimpanzee may not be able to think and go in search of the stick in order to obtain fruit. But recent studies have indeed shown  the chimpanzees, our closest relatives do have the ability to symbolise to some degree.

It is a fact that ability to symbolise has made man enter a new adaptive zone. Also, it was big jump for man from the world of symbolising to a world of words. The development of a spoken language should have been a response to the direct stimuli from the external environment. We earlier raised a question regarding the time-of emergence of the language. Unfortunately the products of language facility cannot enter into the fossil record. Therefore, we have to deal indirectly with the question of when the facility arose. Human brain as distinct from those of other animals provides a reasonable answer to this question. Also, a more careful analysis of the tools and art objects, the horninid products, do indicate of the type of cognitive capabilities necessary for spoken language.

Posted Date: 4/5/2013 2:44:40 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Symbolising and language skills, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Symbolising and language skills, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Symbolising and language skills Discussions

Write discussion on Symbolising and language skills
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Effect of Environmental Factors some lower organisms, though the genetic determiners of the sexes are present, the ambient environment plays a decisive role in the development

Explain the Flavour Binding? Some protein preparations, although acceptable from a functional and nutritional stand point, necessitate a deodorizing step to remove the bound of

THORACI C CAVITY - Thoracic cavity is air tight. On dorsal side vertebral column present. On ventral side sternum present. On lateral side 12 pairs ribs present. On p

ISOZYMES : an enzyme having different molecular forms but catalyzing the same reaction.

Define the Wealth Care Delivery ? The challenge that exists today in many countries is to reach the whole population with adequate health case services and to ensure their util

Proteins Proteins are continually synthesised in the cells as they are the principal component required for growth. Proteins are composed of amino acids which are derived larg

What is ammensalim? Ammensalism is the ecological interaction in which an individual harms another without obtaining advanatage. Ammensalism is an inharmonious (negative) ecolo

Amphibians is the class of terrestrial vertebrates which lay their eggs (and mate) in water but live on land as adults following the juvenile stage where they live in water and br

Companion cells  are the specialized cells in the phloem which load sugars into the sieve elements and help to maintain a functional plasma membrane in the sieve elements.

What is the function of the myelin sheath? Do all axons present a myelin sheath? The function of the myelin sheath is to get better the safety and speed of the neural impulse t