Exam next week - 100 mc, textbook and lecture material. What is language? (e. g. , hieroglyphics vs. english letters) Uses symbols that are not related to the concept that they represent. Symbols that are chosen have no relationship with what you depict. E. g. the spelling of the crocodile does not have anything to do with how a crocodile is. Can produce communications that are unique; can express. E. g. can say anything with language, it is open. Language represents a form of patterned information. There is information that you can extract from it. Language is independent of time, so you can talk about past, Language is represented on two levels: the sounds of the language and. Language development occurs universally, and usually progresses through common stages: crying (0-4m), cooing/babbling (4-12), initial words (12-18), two-word sentences (18-36), short sentences (2. 5-5y), adult usage (5y+) Also often involves body gestures that appear at an early age.