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(linguistics) A set of key properties of human language that collectively distinguish it from systems of communication used by other species (Hockett). These include: a vocal/auditory channel (see aural/oral channel), duality of patterning (double articulation), productivity, arbitrariness, displacement, reflexiveness, and traditional transmission.

http://people.exeter.ac.uk/bosthaus/Lecture/hockett1.htm Design features of human language

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