What Is Language? How Language Develops Biological and Environmental Influences. Language Development. What is Language?. Defining Language. Form of communication, whether spoken, written, or signed, based on system of symbols.
Sound system of language; how the sounds are used and combined – phoneme is smallest unit of sound
morphemes are units of meaning involved in word formation
Ways words are combined to form acceptable phrases and sentences
Meanings of words and sentences
Appropriate use of language in context; can be very complex
What is Language?Language’s Rule Systems
learning; reading should be whole and meaningful
rules; reading should involve simplified materials
National Reading Panel:
small groups more beneficial than whole class
with correct accent decreases with age; sharp drop
after age 10 to 12.
teaching; some without encouragement