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PSYA02 Chapter 10 - Language Lecture 2 What are the building blocks of spoken language? Letters are the building blocks of written language; however written language is not the same as spoken language. More people can speak than can write. Slide 3: The smallest unit of sound that language is composed of is a phoneme. Together, a clump of phonemes form a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of meaning in a language. Sometimes more than one morpheme are joined to form a single word. Ex. Talked = 2 morphemes, talk-ed Slide 4: Phonemes How to make soundspeech: starting with a column of air originating in the lungs, air pressure is produced that sends the air out of the mouth. The column of air contains sound waves, which are able to travel farther and faster than the column of air. The movements of the lips, tongue, and vocal cords contribute to speech. The sound that comes out of the mouth is being modifiedarticulated by things being done with the lips,
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