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Research in English (Linguistics) A session 14: July 22nd, 2011

Today, we had a presentation from Ms. Aoki about Universal Grammar (普遍文法), a theory of grammar and language acquisition developed by Noam Chomsky (ノーム・チョムスキー). You can read a short introduction to Universal Grammar (普遍文法) in Japanese on Wikipedia here.

After the presentation, I mentioned an exhibition in Germany which shows the faces of various human ancestors. You can see a slideshow here: Faces of our Ancestors.

Research in English (Linguistics) A session 6: May 27th, 2011

  1. Checked the answers to the homework questions,  “What is Language?”
  2. “Mother Tongue” chapter 2. We read and translated pages 21, 22, and 23.
  3. Is music language? Is art language?


  1. Aoki: translate pages 24-26 down to “stress and confusion.”
  2. Takeuchi: translate pages 26 from “Moreover, all children everywhere” to page 29, line 2 “creoles.”
  3. Watanabe: translate pages 29, line 3 to page 31, “indeed, almost everywhere.”
  4. Takeoka: page 31, “Their common existence” to the end of the chapter (p. 34)
  5. Is music language? Is art language? Write your opinion and your reason, and be ready to discuss this question in class next week.
music is the language of the soul
Music is the language of the soul. Click image to visit source
Is music communication?
Is music communication?
Singing Neanderthals
"Music is the language of emotion" From the book "Singing Neanderthals"