Language: Crash Course Psychology #16

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You know what’s amazing? That we can talk to people, they can make meaning out of it, and then talk back to us. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks to us and tries to make meaning out of how our brains do this thing called Language. Plus, monkeys!

Table of Contents

Phonemes, Morphemes, Grammar 01:48:13
Receptive and Productive Language 03:22:06
Babbling 03:55:22
How We Acquire Language 05:50:22

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Some Toughts (32)

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    added on 24 Jan, 2020

    I remember telling my teachers about crashcourse. Now I'm back in school and my teachers are using it as source material.

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    added on 25 Jan, 2020

    I dont have any exams or anything i dont even take this lesson im just bored and curious thx Hank

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    added on 5 Feb, 2020

    If this is shittier than AP world history I can’t imagine how I can pass.

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    added on 11 Feb, 2020

    I think he talks too fast. If im listening while working I miss a lot of the content =(

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    added on 11 Feb, 2020

    You forgot VYGOTSKY!

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    added on 12 Feb, 2020

    "For years, humans have been proclaiming that it's language that sets us apart from other animals"

    The fact that he is pretty much completely ignoring the whole philosophical field of anthropology is hurting my brain. Literally no reputable modern source has ever said this.

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    added on 16 Feb, 2020

    So would "Konzi" support the Nativist theory?

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    added on 19 Feb, 2020


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    added on 4 Mar, 2020

    Awkward noises

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    added on 10 Mar, 2020

    4:48 What consonants in Hindi? Man, even Hindi, my mother tongue, seems weird in English.

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    added on 26 Mar, 2020

    At 4:17 he said "deaf babies" but i heard "dead babies" and dear god i flinched

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    added on 27 Mar, 2020

    Aren't their gorillas that can use sign language

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    added on 31 Mar, 2020

    Seems you're under some kind of false pretense. That your effort to animate & quicken your style of speaking projects an enjoyable listening presentation during your lectures. Well It doesn't. I was interested in what you had to say, yes. But I couldn't stand hearing you say it.

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    added on 6 Apr, 2020

    I wish crash course would add a 'further reading/viewing' section to videos.

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    added on 9 Apr, 2020


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    added on 9 Apr, 2020

    Thanks for the video! I'm working on an English presentation on linguistics and why you should learn a new language but just needed the terminology

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    added on 10 Apr, 2020

    PLEASE Crash Course Linguistics

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    added on 11 Apr, 2020

    Language deprivation is a thing. Most deaf kids are born to hearing parents, and if they're not exposed to a usable language(a visual one) they won't acquire language. Point is that not all deaf babies babble with their hands to copy their parents signing because most deaf babies aren't even exposed to sign language. Also, phones are sounds. Phonemes are the mental units of sound. In case anyone was wondering.

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    added on 12 Apr, 2020

    The way he teaches is amazing . Keep it up. 👍

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    added on 21 Apr, 2020

    It was two pizza i called purple brother on the television!

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    added on 25 Apr, 2020

    Thanks a lot, however I suggest skipping saying in each video the names of all the folks who did it, that has been done in the first video, to make it easier to download the videos, and to make it simpler to move to the next video without pressing "next", and for YouTube to record the video as seen as we finish it and not skip its ending, so we know what we watched and what we didn't.

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    added on 25 Apr, 2020

    I think Kanzi got taught a bit by the woman intentionally by her.

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    added on 4 May, 2020

    "It was too pizza but I called purple brother on the television"

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    added on 8 May, 2020

    “It's only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.” – The Bee Gees

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    added on 10 May, 2020

    can ppl start putting notes in the comments like they do for the Econ ones?

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    added on 11 May, 2020

    bisa ga si di bahasa ndonesiaain aja, sumpah aku goblok inggris tapi UAS kudu pelajarin ini

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    added on 15 May, 2020

    The reveal that Kanzi is a bonobo was horrifying. I hope Hank wasn't in charge of breaking to news to his "mother"

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    added on 19 May, 2020

    By age two, children can speak two-word sentences? At that age, my little brother could pretty much speak full sentences…

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    added on 21 May, 2020

    i understand that a baby would babble and start to learn the language they are exposed to but before they even reach that point, before they even get to the 4 month period, what language are they thinking in? Like I know the baby is thinking but what language are they thinking in their subconscious that's telling them "I'm going to cry to get attention"

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    added on 23 May, 2020

    Is there any slight possibility that we could learn to imitate and produce the sounds of a foreign language even as adults?

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    added on 24 May, 2020

    The real question is why was I able to make sense of the phrase "it was too pizza I called purple brother on the televison" ?!?!?!?!

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    added on 22 Jun, 2020

    2:14 was that a Fault in Our Stars reference for the example of metaphor ?? haha I love that

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