Ch 1: Components of Language

About This Chapter

Refer to this chapter to enhance your understanding of various components of language. These lessons cover everything you need to know if you are preparing for English class tests or professional teaching exams.

Components of Language - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers everything from academic discourse to syntax, providing definitions and examples to help you gain a full understanding of language meaning, word use, word formation and more. You will review details about dialect, speech sounds, and oral and written language.

In addition, you will learn how these concepts are applied. Once you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define phonology and explain phonological processes
  • Discuss morphology in linguistics
  • Describe semantics and the use of syntax
  • Explain pragmatics
  • Differentiate between oral and written discourse
  • Provide examples of academic discourse
  • Identify different regional and dialectical variations of the English language
  • Understand the uses of language registers

Brief video and text lessons take less than ten minutes to review and can be accessed at all times, on any device. Lesson transcripts are also printable for quick reference purposes. Use self-assessment quizzes to demonstrate how much you have retained from each lesson and to identify any topic you might need to further review.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Components of Language
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Phonology: Definition, Rules & Examples

1. Phonology: Definition, Rules & Examples

All languages follow a specific set of rules that determine how we sound when speaking. The study of these rules is called phonology. This lesson will introduce you to phonology and provide several examples of phonological processes.

What is Morphology in Linguistics? - Definition & Examples

2. What is Morphology in Linguistics? - Definition & Examples

Learning about human language is often an overlooked educational subject. Read this lesson to discover the importance of morphology in our linguistic world.

What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

3. What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

Semantics, or the study of relationships between words and how we construct meaning, sheds light on how we experience the world and how we understand others and ourselves. Explore this concept with a definition and examples, and then check out the quiz to challenge your newfound knowledge.

Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

4. Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

Syntax can be a helpful tool in determining the meaning of unknown words. This lesson will explain what syntax is and how it can be used to break the code of unknown vocabulary.

What is Pragmatics? - Definition & Examples

5. What is Pragmatics? - Definition & Examples

You use pragmatics on an everyday basis, but do you know how? Watch this video lesson to not only learn the meaning of pragmatics but also how you use it every day.

Oral & Written Discourse: Definitions & Characteristics

6. Oral & Written Discourse: Definitions & Characteristics

It's important to understand the differences between oral and written forms of communication. In this lesson, we'll explore the definitions and characteristics of oral and written discourse.

Academic Discourse: Definition & Examples

7. Academic Discourse: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we cover the concept of academic discourse and how it varies from traditional communication. In addition to defining academic discourse, we provide examples of how it can be used properly as well as misused. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Regional & Dialectical Variations of Standard English

8. Regional & Dialectical Variations of Standard English

The English language is complex, with multiple regional and dialectical variations. In this lesson, we examine the different variations of the English language in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Language Registers: Definition, Uses & Examples

9. Language Registers: Definition, Uses & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about register, the level of formality in language as determined by context. There are two types of register in literature, formal and informal. Either or both may be used to great effect in literature. Let's also take a look at some examples of register.

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