kpu comm1101 foundation of communication human and animal

As the Clever Hans story tells us, certain animals may have superior abilities tocommunicate non-verbally and it may take place below the threshold of human
awareness. Write an essay that explores the nature and the power of non-verballanguage in everyday communication between human and human, and human andanimal. Besides Week 1 and 2 lectures and readings, a very good starting point forexternal sources would be Charles Hocketts book,
The View from Language: SelectedEssays 1948-1974
. You will also findimportant (and fun) research material in thedocumentaries (such as PBS documentary,
NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart areAnimals?
(IMAX). Also, see various National Geographic and BBCdocumentaries on animal world), as well as in contemporary news reports.
2. Every culture is deeply rooted in oral tradition, said Walter Ong. But we have come along way from oral cultures. With the worldwide expansion of literate cultures andinvasion of indigenous lands, tribal societies who live in primary oral cultures, such asthe Mokens are facing extinction. Oral histories are often not respected as validevidence in the modern court. Almost everywhere the literate people hold more powerover people who are identified as illiterate. But is there something fundamental thatthe literate people still can learn from the people who depends on the primary oralityfor their survival? Write an essay explaining the persistence and significance of oralcultures and its importance for modern society. You should also equally highlight thestrengths and weaknesses of literate cultures in contrast to oral cultures andsecondary orality. Start with Walter Ongs work on
Some Psychodynamics of Orality
and engage the discussion of non-verbal communication as well that comes with oralcommunication. McLuhans discussion on how the medium (e.g. orality and literacy Ithis case) changes our way of making sense should also a good discussion to engage.

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