Can Animals Learn a Human Language?

Knowing a language is an ability to perform linguistic functions.  Humans and animals use language as a communicative skill throughout their lives. There are some drastic differences between the human`s way of communication and the animal`s way of communication. For instance, human language is based on words. Whereas, animal communication is based on screams, gestures … Continue reading Can Animals Learn a Human Language?

Is Human Language an Instinctual Behaviour?

In this essay I discuss whether human language is an instinctual behaviour or a learning behaviour by considering Eric Lenneberg’s criteria for instinctual behaviours (1967). This has been argued for years and although some follow Skinner`s theory of language acquisition as a learning behaviour, there are still people who consider language as an innate ability, … Continue reading Is Human Language an Instinctual Behaviour?

Pact with the Devil Motif and Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata

Before it was transformed into a religious subject by Christianity, contact with supernatural beings was a cultural motif that was very common in folk tales in which humans interact with mystical beings, and those occasions often transpire in certain spiritually dense places such as crossroads and bridges. However, Christian culture’s approach to that subject had … Continue reading Pact with the Devil Motif and Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata

City of Rocks, castles, bridges, minarets: Hasankeyf

With its natural, historical and architectural features Hasankeyf is very different from the many ruins in Anatolia, for example, the Eastern Roman ruins. As Archaeological News said, it is a unique settlement. However, the structures in Hasankeyf are not durable enough to overcome the flooding. Hasankeyf, which hosted ancient civilizations, is anxiously waiting for a … Continue reading City of Rocks, castles, bridges, minarets: Hasankeyf