LANGUAGE. VERBAL AND NONVERBAL LANGUAGE. Human interaction and communication involve both verbal and nonverbal language. Verbal language is what is being spoken. Language is primarily oral.
Human interaction and communication involve both verbal and nonverbal language.
Verbal language is what is being spoken. Language is primarily oral.
Nonverbal language is communication in ways other than spoken words such as: facial expressions, hand movements, eye contact, the manner in which one sits, or how close someone stands to you. Any aspect of a one’s presence that conveys ideas or information without being spoken is nonverbal communication. Non verbal communication is often used in conjunction with oral language.
The relationship between an object and its word is arbitrary (selected at random).
Some words seem to represent what they sound. Such words are called onomatopoeic words.
Onomatopoeic words are language specific. Different languages, such as Japanese and Chinese, use different words to refer to the same sound. Onomatopoeic words describe a sound or action directly.
We can produce and understand sentences that we have never heard before.
Every human infant is born with the capacity to acquire a language.
Stuttering & other speaking difficulties like so many other human behavioral disorders, represent a poorly-understood mix of psychological, social, neurological, and linguistic factors.
We take English for granted. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race. Take a look at some of the following paradoxes:
The following web sight is a source for an in-depth look at language acquisition by Steven Pinker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.