Ch 3: Communication & Language Development

About This Chapter

The stages of language development are included for your review in this refresher chapter. Environmental and cultural influences in language development are focused on in another of the chapter's short, engaging video lessons.

Communication & Language Development - Chapter Summary

You can review a presentation on different types of speech used specifically by infants and toddlers in this chapter. Also check out the delivery of bilingual education. Before finishing the chapter, you'll have the opportunity to brush up on:

  • The nativist perspective
  • Phoneme segmentation
  • Major language milestones
  • Speech sound disorders

Video lessons give you a fun way to renew your understanding of this key communication and language development material. You need only around 5 minutes to fit a video lesson into your schedule. After you complete each lesson, double-check your grasp of the content by taking the practice quizzes.

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: Communication & Language Development
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Language?

1. What Is Language?

A system of written, oral, and gesticulated communication is one way to define a language, but many other definitions also apply. Learn ways to define types of languagea, explore the combinability of words, and discover the importance of grammar and semantics combining to form phonemes and morphemes.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

2. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

The nativist theory of language development stresses that humans are born with the ability to develop language. Learn about the nativist perspective of language development by exploring Noam Chomsky's ideas and examine the pros and cons of the theory.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

3. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Language acquisition has long been debated among psychologists who argue about whether language is learned or is an innate part of people's brains. Learn more about this debate and explore the definition, stages, and theories about language acquisition.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

4. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

The stages of language development explores the process of children learning syntax. Discover the pre-linguistic language stage, symbolic/linguistic language stage, and expressive vs. receptive language in this lesson. Lastly, the four categories of pre-linguistic language development and the six categories of linguistic language development are detailed.

Preverbal Communication: Definition & Explanation

5. Preverbal Communication: Definition & Explanation

Preverbal communication is an incredibly important mode of interaction that infants use to navigate the world. This lesson will provide you with the definition and examples of the various forms of preverbal communication.

Language Learning in Infants and Toddlers

6. Language Learning in Infants and Toddlers

Language learning is a long process, and as it evolves, infants and toddlers go through different types of early speech. Learn about language development and some key types of speech, including child-directed or motherese, syncretic speech, holophrase, and telegraphic speech.

Speech Delays in Toddlers & Children: Types & Examples

7. Speech Delays in Toddlers & Children: Types & Examples

Speech delays occur when a child's speech abilities do not develop at the normal rate for their age; they can be expressive or receptive delays. Discover more about the types and causes of speech delays in toddlers and children through various examples.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

8. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

Linguistics includes the study of language development in children. Explore how language develops, theoretical approaches to language development, and the four components of language.

Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

9. Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

The development of language skills in children is an essential part of their speech and advancement of their vocabulary. Learn about the definition of language skills, the development and process of these skills in children, and the types of language milestones.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

10. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

Environment and culture both affect a child's language development. Explore two perspectives about the development of language (behaviorist and interactionist), different language styles, and the role that supportive environments play in language development.

Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

11. Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

Phoneme, in speech, is defined as the unit of sound that, when combined with other phonemes can create word sounds. Understand better this simple definition by learning phoneme segmentation and other concepts, and discover why they are essential in learning English.

Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview

12. Phonological Development in Children: Stages & Overview

Phonological development refers to how children learn to organize sounds into meaning or language (phonology) during their stages of growth. Further explore the stages of phonological development in children.

Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders

13. Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders

Speech sound errors refer to a variety of difficulties that some children experience with forming speech sounds. Learn about the characteristics of speech sound errors, including fluency, articulation, and phonology disorders.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

14. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators recommend early second-language instruction for students learning to master grammatical concepts and correct pronunciation. Learn about the three approaches used to teach second languages: immersion, bilingual, and multicultural.

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