PSYC 251 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Critical Period Hypothesis, Phoneme, Joint Attention

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Language: a method for communicating information, including ideas, thoughts, and emotions. Semanticity: the extent to which a language can use symbols to transmit meaningful messages. Generativity: the ability to combine words or symbols of a language using rules of composition and syntax to communicate an almost infinite variety of ideas using a relatively small vocabulary. Displacement: refers to the ability to use language to convey messages that are not tied to the immediate context (time and place) but instead communicate information about events in the past or future, or at some other location. Linguistics: the study of the rules of language. Psycholinguistics: a branch of cognitive psychology devoted to the study of the acquisition, comprehension, and production of language. Phonology: the rules that govern the patterns of sounds that are used in a language - which sounds are used and how they are combined.

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