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Part II: MEMORY SYSTEMS > KEY FUNCTION #5 CLASSIFICATION

Chapter 9. KEY FUNCTION #5 CLASSIFICATION

When cave people first began using words to communicate with each other, their need for language was met by sounds that stood for the places and objects of daily life. They agreed, for example, to use combinations of grunts, whistles, and clucks for CAVE, FIRE, GROUND, TREE, BROOK, LAKE and RAIN.

Over time there probably came along a cave man (or cave woman) with a scientific mind. This person discovered that BROOK, LAKE and RAIN were all alike in some ways, they were ALL GOOD TO DRINK, and ALL WOULD WET THE HAIR AND SKIN. This cave person may have invented a new combination of sounds to stand for the common properties of BROOK, LAKE and RAIN; simply known from that day forward as WATER.


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