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?

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

First Person Point of View in “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe & His Works and Narration Edgar Allan Poe, who is popular for his gothic stories, is known as one of the best user of  “ Unreliable Narrator[1] ” thanks to his famous stories which have a first person narrator. “The Black Cat” was published in 1843 in the Saturday Evening Post which … Continue reading First Person Point of View in “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe