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The Structure of Language


by J. Donald Bowen 1970

Language is without question the most universal of human characteristics. It has occurred in a wonderful variety of forms wherever man has lived in the world, regardless of the level of sophistication shown by any other human activities or developments. Nor can any correlation be found in terms of relative complexity between language and other aspects of human culture. It is certainly not true that so-called primitive peoples have "primitive" or underdeveloped languages. On the contrary, the languages of many aboriginal peoples seem, from the point of view of the speaker of an Indo-European language, to be enormously complicated systems.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 69, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 6, 1970, p. 36-63
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19576, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 2:30:33 PM

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