Posts By Erin Donnelly

animal vs human communication language

How is Human Language Different From Animal Communication Systems In the 1960s, linguist Charles Hockett identified a set of “design features” to distinguish human language from animal communication systems. While there are ongoing debates about the usefulness of these design features, they do accurately describe the unique properties of human language. Let’s explore the wonders … Read More >>

Who Talks More Women or Men

Language Ideologies and Our Misconceptions About Gender Differences The opinions, attitudes, and beliefs that people hold about language are called language ideologies. Language ideologies affect how we talk and behave, as well as how we perceive others’ speech. Intuition tells us that men and women use language differently. Many people say they believe that gender … Read More >>