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Humans are able to communicate with each other in ways that are unique to our species because of the properties of human language. Regardless of how different human language may sound across...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2020, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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There are six levels of linguistic analysis. They range in depth between the specifics of the sounds we make to form language to the context surrounding speech events. They are (from most specific...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 12:41 am (UTC)

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A lexeme represents the most basic building block of a language. If you open a typical dictionary, the entries there are lexemes. Most lexemes have variations which build upon its most basic form....

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020, 11:58 am (UTC)

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Let's begin by defining “science.” According to the Collins dictionary, science is “systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on to determine the nature or...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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In the field of linguistics the study of semantics pertains to the analysis of the meaning of lexical items. Within semantics there exist 7 different types of understanding of the meaning of words....

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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In the context of phonetics, “to articulate” means “to produce speech sounds.” “Articulators” are the parts of the mouth, tongue, and throat that we use to articulate. Exactly which articulators...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016, 4:19 am (UTC)

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Assimilation occurs when one sound becomes completely like or more like a neighboring sound. Pronounce the phrase “good night” quickly as though you were speaking normally without thinking much...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021, 4:08 pm (UTC)

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Let's begin by defining “system.” According to Merriam-Webster, a system is a group of objects, ideas, principles, or elements that work together for a common purpose. It is an organized network or...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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Macrolinguistics and microlinguistics both involve the study and usage of language. While they are often interrelated concepts, they each approach the topic from a different level. Macrolinguistics...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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A phoneme can be defined as the smallest unit of sound in a language that distinguishes one word from another. In the word "cat," for example, there are three phonemes: "c," "a," and "t." If we...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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Typically, developing children acquire the language that is spoken and heard in their homes, making that their first language (or L1). In a home where only English is spoken and heard, English will...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019, 5:38 pm (UTC)

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Although learning and using language is inherent to every culture culture, anthropologists have debated over its magnitude, since every person’s linguistic knowledge, capabilities, and usage vary...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019, 11:57 am (UTC)

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Intonation is the rise and fall of a speaker's voice while speaking a sentence. When a speaker's voice rises at the end of the sentence, for example, it often indicates a question is being asked....

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018, 5:37 pm (UTC)

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Actions verbs can describes two different kinds of movement: that of the physical kind, which involves movement that can be seen; and that of the mental kind, which describes movement that cannot...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Morphology is a study of words. It basically deals with word formation, examines the relationship between words, and analyzes their constituent elements. Morpheme is the smallest unit of a word,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016, 3:50 am (UTC)

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A short explanation of conversion as a morphological device is that it consists of using a word exactly as it is and turning it into a new word with a different context and category but without...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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Diglossia generally refers to the way in which certain communities can speak the same language in two different ways. In the United States, Black communities often use African American Vernacular...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2021, 2:34 pm (UTC)

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Before I can tell you about the implications of linguist Stephen Krashen's monitor theory, I should probably tell you about his acquisition-learning theory. For Krashen, a person gains the ability...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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Spoken or written verbal language (what we usually think of as "language"), besides such linguistic properties called "grammar" (tense, number, gender, etc.), shares the properties of all...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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Morphology is a Greek word. Morph means “shape” or “form,” and “ology” means study. With morphology, in the context of linguistics, a person studies the shape and form of words. One of the answers...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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In morphology, morphemes are the smallest, indivisible units of a word that have lexical and grammatical meaning. Morphs and allomorphs are the phonological manifestation of a morpheme. A morph...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018, 8:26 am (UTC)

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Bases, stems, and roots are the main components of words, just like cells, atoms, and protons are the main components of matter. In linguistics, the words "roots" is the core of the word. It is the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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It may be said that English consonants are phonemes that create meaning. Consider, for example, the change in meaning when the phoneme /m/ is switched with the phoneme /c/: {man} becomes {can} and...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2012, 2:21 am (UTC)

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The English language uses many processes of word formation, so probably your question refers to the main processes, plural. These include compounding, blending and the related analogy, and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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A word in linguistics is the smallest content that can convey meaning. A word can always stand on its own and maintain its meaning. For example the word “historical” can stand alone and has the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2015, 11:52 pm (UTC)

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Transformational grammar deals more with the sentence itself and the foundations of that sentence. It wants to show how sentences can relate to one another. It aims to analyze the ways in which...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2020, 4:47 pm (UTC)

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In his Course in General Linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure identifies two aspects of linguistic study: the diachronic and the synchronic. Diachronic linguistics seeks to explain the development of...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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English has become a global language for a few different reasons. First, the British Empire visited, colonized, or began many of the populations over the world. Therefore, their language impacted...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2012, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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Dell Hymes, in the year 1966, introduced the concept of Communicative competence, which in simple terms, is nothing but the potential of a language user/learner to communicate effectively or in the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012, 5:35 am (UTC)

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The concept of language as a system of systems is from an article by the same title, "Language as a System of Systems," by Mulder and Hervey (1975). Their work is taken from the previous work of...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012, 4:01 pm (UTC)

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The main difference between the concepts is the amount of flexibility that each conveys about human abilities. As the term suggests, “linguistic determinism” indicates that certain features within...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020, 5:40 pm (UTC)

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These terms—“signifier” and “signified”-- used by Ferdinand de Saussure to discuss his theory of linguistics (actually a philosophy of epistemology—how we know things--differing from Plato’s),...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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Structuralism refers to the idea that the components of a thing must be understood in order to fully comprehend the entirety of the thing. As this applies to linguistics, it suggests that...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 11:50 pm (UTC)

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In rebuttal of the statement that animal communication is inclusively instinctual and not learned, studies have been conducted with domestic dogs and wolves brought up in captivity around humans....

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015, 9:02 pm (UTC)

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The basic problem with defining a speech community is that it is very hard to decide where such a community begins and ends. Scholars have a hard time defining speech communities because it is an...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012, 5:29 am (UTC)

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The Variable Competence Model proposed by Rod Ellis (1984) is divided into two categories: the process of language and the product of language. According to Ellis, the process of language is more...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin's short short story "Story of an Hour" exemplifies stylistic techniques. First of all, the reportorial, rather passive voice of the narrator allows the reader to form his/her own...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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Morphology is the branch of linguistics that studies the formation and components of words. Words are built of morphemes, which are the smallest units of language that have meaning. Some morphemes...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020, 6:06 pm (UTC)

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Morphology is an area of linguistics that focuses on words. The morpheme is the basic unit of morphology, and morphology is divided into two branches: inflectional and derivational. The other main...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Theta theory—also known as theta role or thematic relations—is mostly concerned with verbs. At the center of theta theory lies the belief that the most important part of a sentence is the verb....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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ELT stands for English Language Teaching. The teaching of English can be for it to be used as a second language, foreign language, international language, or for specific purposes. In the field of...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012, 11:07 pm (UTC)

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Traditionally, all linguistic study was diachronic: all language study focused on language's change over time. For example, a predominant question asked in diachronic study is how did Old English...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012, 3:25 am (UTC)

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Cardinal vowels are a linguistic construction devised by Daniel Jones to organize a consistent vowel sound classification. The classification of vowel sounds in the cardinal organization is...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2011, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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The unitary system hypothesis and separate system hypothesis are two theories that describe how language develops in children who are exposed to two different languages, most often in the home....

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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The concept of Langue (language) and Parole (speech) was given by the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. These terms appeared first in the book “A Course In General Linguistics” (Cours de...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016, 7:30 am (UTC)

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A speech community is a group that decides how language will be used. This community may be comprised of professionals familiar with language (linguistics, etymologies, etc.) that have a developed,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2011, 2:18 am (UTC)

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Sophisticated brain research, like fMRI and the even more sophisticated positron emission tomography, have shown that early theories of distinctly hierarchical divisions of brain function areas,...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012, 9:12 pm (UTC)

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There is one major difference used in describing the criteria for classifying consonants. To do so, one must examine the forming of both consonants and vowels. To form a vowel, the flow of air over...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012, 7:00 am (UTC)

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The etymology of these words (pedantic and pedantical) is a little confusing because of the forms in which they entered English from Old French. PEDANTICAL: The original form from which pedantical...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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Slang is a major contributor to changing languages. The word "cool" used to only refer to temperature but, thanks to youth culture, it now means that something is good. Slang words fall in and out...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 1:43 am (UTC)

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