Ch 4: Elements of Language

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Review the elements of language at your convenience with this engaging chapter. These professionally designed lessons and quizzes are available 24 hours a day to help you finish your homework or study for an exam.

Elements of Language - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the elements of language through a series of bite-sized lessons. You'll study topics that include the universal principles of language in ELL classrooms, morphology and semantics among others. This chapter is designed to help you do the following:

  • Provide the definition and rules of phonology
  • Give examples of morphology in linguistics
  • Define semantics and provide examples
  • Determine the meaning of words using syntax
  • Explain the definition of pragmatics
  • Outline the characteristics of oral and written discourse
  • Detail academic discourse and give examples
  • Identify the structural differences between English and other languages

Each lesson is coupled by a self-assessment quiz to help you check your comprehension. We've also included a comprehensive test at the end of the chapter that makes a handy test prep tool before an exam. If you need help with any of the lesson concepts, you can submit questions to our subject matter experts through the Dashboard.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Elements of Language
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Universal Principles of Language in ELL Classrooms

1. Universal Principles of Language in ELL Classrooms

As a teacher, you may be aware of some of the universal principles of language. This lesson explores how teachers can help English language learners by utilizing these principles in the classroom.

Phonology: Definition, Rules & Examples

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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