Ch 3: Language Development, History & Usage

About This Chapter

Included in this chapter are video lessons that will teach you about the development, history and usage of language. These lessons will go over important historical topics related to the development of human language that you should remember.

Language Development, History & Usage - Chapter Summary

If you are interested in learning about how human languages developed over history, you can go through this chapter for interactive video lessons that will cover important topics on the history of language. Watch these videos for topics, definitions and examples that will help elucidate this subject.

Use these lessons to learn about how language evolved over time, as well as the most significant influences on languages throughout history. You will also learn the definitions of different language-related topics and how they developed. Some specific topics included in this chapter are:

  • Definitions and dialects of language regions
  • Languages across cultures
  • The influences on and development of the English language
  • Environment and culture and their impact on the development of language
  • Definition and examples of information diction

The videos contain tags that have saved specific moments in each lesson, marking key points you should take away from the chapter. You can also find transcripts of each lesson, so you can study these topics later on at your own convenience. Be sure to track your learning progress by using your personal Dashboard.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Language Development, History & Usage
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Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

1. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

Variations in Language Across Cultures

2. Variations in Language Across Cultures

Language varies from culture to culture. Even within the same language, there are differences in how it is spoken. Watch this video lesson to learn some of the ways English differs in different cultures.

History of the English Language: Influences & Development

3. History of the English Language: Influences & Development

Ever wonder how English came to be the language it is today? This video lesson gives a brief account of how English has transformed during the last few thousand years of history.

Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development

4. Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development

It's pretty amazing that children are able to learn language so quickly without prior knowledge. How we acquire and develop language is something that fascinates researchers, and in this lesson we will examine some of the influences on this process.

Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language

5. Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language

In this lesson, you will explore the various ways that ancient Greek literature has impacted our modern language and literature. Then,you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

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

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

7. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

Both environmental and cultural factors have an impact on early language development. This lesson will provide examples to consider and discuss possible reasons for this impact.

How Personal & Individual Issues Impact Language & Reading Development

8. How Personal & Individual Issues Impact Language & Reading Development

Students need to learn reading and language skills, but this is easier said than done. We are going to look at several issues that can impact student learning, including home life, physical/developmental situations, and emotional difficulties.

The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development

9. The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development

Oral language skills are fundamentally connected to the ability to learn reading. In this lesson, explore the direct links between oral language and reading development, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Informal Diction: Definition & Example

10. Informal Diction: Definition & Example

Chances are, you have already used informal diction today. In this lesson, we are going to discuss what informal diction is and how to identify it. We will examine some examples of it and compare it to other types of diction so that we understand when it should and should not be used.

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