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Ch 1: Language Development & Linguistics

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Prepare for a test that covers language development and linguistics using this chapter's helpful study resources. Bite-sized lessons, mini quizzes and a practice exam can strengthen your knowledge and ensure you're ready to excel on your test.

Language Development & Linguistics - Chapter Summary

This chapter is filled with engaging lessons you can examine to better understand language development and linguistics. Whether you know a little or a lot about language acquisition, semantics, phonology and other related topics, this chapter can help you gain full comprehension. Study this chapter at your own pace. When finished, you will be able to:

  • Define language
  • Detail the process of language development in children
  • Describe the nativist perspective and its explanation for how we develop language
  • Explain the study of morphology
  • Share examples of syntax in writing
  • Discuss the role discourse plays in language development
  • List and describe characteristics of oral and written discourse

This chapter's flexibility enables you to study whenever and wherever your schedule permits using any computer, smartphone or tablet. Visit the lessons as often as you'd like. When you're ready, find out how much you understand about language development and linguistics by taking multiple-choice quizzes and our practice exam. Your Dashboard keeps track of your progress through this chapter and lets you submit lesson topic questions to our experts.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Language Development & Linguistics
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What Is Language?

1. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

2. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

3. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

4. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

In this lesson, learn how we develop language according to the nativist perspective. Discover Noam Chomsky's idea of the language acquisition device (LAD) and its role in this process.

Phonology: Definition, Rules & Examples

5. 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.

Morphology of English: Definition & Studies

6. Morphology of English: Definition & Studies

Morphology is the study of parts of language and how we use these parts to form words. In this lesson you'll find out the building blocks of language and how to use these blocks to construct words and deconstruct sentences. A short quiz follows.

Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

7. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.

What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

8. 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.

The Role of Discourse in Language Development

9. The Role of Discourse in Language Development

In this lesson, you'll learn about the role that discourse plays in language development, This applies in both native language and foreign language learning situations.

Oral & Written Discourse: Definitions & Characteristics

10. 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.

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