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  1. #1 could use some ideas for bio essay question! 
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    hello,

    i was wondering if somebody could give me some ideas for biology essay (kind of a philosophical question in a way if you ask me, but thought it best to post here than philosophy forum) on linguistics. The question is something like "What is our identity bound to? How closely related/bound are we to our language"?

    Basically, the question is more specifically about the language of humans and how it (meaning language) guides us in our everyday lives compared to other animals. Other animals, like cows and even monkeys, do not have the ability to communicate with each other (inter-species communication to be exact) with the use of spoken languages or perhaps even sign languages in some cases like in humans

    i do not believe that language is the only thing that defines our identity and separates us from other animals. We are bound to language as much as language is bound to us (point seems kind of rhetorical though). i guess i am just not sure where to start 4 sure. it is just a matter of getting started with a couple ideas then i could go into more depth while coming up with other strings of ideas from that

    thanks folks


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    One approach might be to explore what, having language, we're not. The human brain is remarkably plastic - we may use an area for one purpose or another. So, given all that language "real estate" freed up to other purposes, what could we accomplish? Maybe you've heard anecdotes of illiterate car mechanics. Or marveled at the craftsmanship of Inca masonry. There we're beginning to look more like very clever animals, superhuman in some ways, and your essay finds its thesis.


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    It might be difficult to research, but you could look into the evolution of language. Maybe research some of the earliest known methods of communication? And then you could delve into the areas of the brain that correspond to linguistics/language/communication/etc, and how those areas of the brain differ in humans from other animals. This book looked kind of interesting: http://books.google.com/books?id=qEE...age&q=&f=false
    and this one! http://books.google.com/books?id=VcW...age&q=&f=false

    good luck!
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