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AP PSYCH Chapter 10: Language

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Language
our spoken, written, or signed words and the ways we combine them to communicate meaning
Phoneme
In a language, the smallest distinctive sound unit
Morpheme
In a language, the smallest unit that carries meaning; may be a word or part of a word
Grammar
In a language, a system of rules that enables us to communicate with and understand others
Semantics
set of rules by which we derive meaning from morphemes, words, and sentences in a given language; also, the study of meaning
Syntax
rules for combining words into grammatically sensible sentences in a given language
Babbling
stage of speech development in which the infant spontaneously utters various sounds at first unrelated to the household language
One-word
stage in speech development, from 1-2, during which a child speaks mostly single words
Two-word
stage in speech development during which a child speaks mostly two-word statements
Telepathic
Early speech stage in which a child speaks like a telegram with noun-verb phrases and no auxiliaries
Adult-like speech
Speech rapidly develops into complete sentences
Linguistic determination
Whorf's hypothesis that language determines the way we think