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Fully functioning language system

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Describe the basic requirements of any fully functioning language system.

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Language Characteristics

1. Has to be learned

2. Must have arbitrary symbols (not iconic)

3. Existing grammar

4. Capable of displaying displacement (using language to tell about something not present)

5. Prevarication (using language for deception)

Example. Kanzi Bonobo is a primate that understands spoken English and is good with symbols. The trainer lost the key to the gate and asked Kanzi to help ...

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