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Language, Literacy and Communication - Chapter Summary
This chapter opens with a question: what is language? You will then move on to a discussion of linguistics and the progression from syllables to words to full sentences. You'll receive a comprehensive overview of the nativist perspective, including a working definition and theories about how humans are able to develop language skills.
You'll also be introduced to the characteristics of speech sound errors. Along with articulation defects and fluency disorders, this chapter discusses phonological process disorders. Additional topics include the stages of language development and the impact of environment on language development and communication. After you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of the nativist perspective of language development
- Benefit from linguist Noam Chomsky's teachings on universal grammar
- Identify the different components of language
- Determine the speech sounds children should make at various stages of their development
- Assess language skills using appropriate methodologies
Our video lessons on language, literacy and communication are taught by professional instructors and experts in the field. They include lesson transcripts, links to key terms and the opportunity to test your own knowledge of the subject through online self-assessments. Through the use of video tags, you'll also be able to revisit important parts of the presentations without having to re-watch entire lessons.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types
The development of language skills in young children is a multi-step process that is both fascinating and complex. Learn how language skills are formed, important milestones for language development and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
7. Characteristics of Speech Sound Errors: Speech & Communication Disorders
In this lesson, we explore speech sound disorders, which include articulation deficits, phonological process disorder and fluency disorder. Also learn the characteristics of each of these disorders.
8. 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.
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