chapter  11
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The Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Language Function

ByA. Charles Catania

Turn to any definition of the word language and the odds are high that it will be framed in terms of the metaphor of communication. Here is one dictionary example: "The aspect of human behavior that involves the use of vocal sounds in meaningful patterns and, when they exist, corresponding written symbols to form, express, and communicate thoughts and feelings .... Any method of communicating ideas .... The transmission of meaning, feeling, or intent" (Morris, 1969, p. 736).