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Linguistic Features of English - Chapter Summary
Gain greater insight into the linguistic features of English by exploring this chapter's bite-sized lessons. Created by experienced instructors, these lessons ensure you comprehend definitions and examples of pragmatics, morphemes and much more. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Define and describe linguistics
- Explain why so many languages exist and how they can be compared
- Describe how phonemes are segmented
- List and discuss types of morphemes
- Share examples of semantics
- Discuss how pragmatics is used everyday
- Provide details about the use of syntax to convey intent and cause impact
All resources in this chapter are accessible in a secure online setting that lets you to study whenever you desire using any smartphone, tablet or computer. This chapter's flexibility also enables you to select any lessons to view and visit as many times as you'd prefer. Gauge your comprehension of the linguistic features of English by taking our mini quizzes and chapter exam. Use the Dashboard to send any questions you have about specific lesson topics to our experts and keep track of your progress through this chapter.
1. What Is Linguistics? - Definition & Introduction
In this lesson we explore the study of linguistics. The ability to communicate is one of humankind's unique abilities, and the study of linguistics categorizes our languages and attempts to discover how languages have evolved over time.
2. Linguistic Diversity: Definition & Overview
Language can be considered a particularly human invention. People need language to communicate with one another in order to survive. This lesson explores why there are so many languages and how these languages may be compared.
3. Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples
Phonemes are tiny units of sound in speech. When phonemes are combined, they can make up words. In this lesson, we will discuss what phonemes are, how to segment them in words and why they are important.
4. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types
The smallest recognized unit of meaning, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.
5. 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.
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.
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.
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