Structure of Language

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Structure of Language

Pragmaticsis the functional use of language used in communication. It is knowing what to say, when, and how (Piper, 2012).

The relationship between words and symbols assigns meaning.

Morphology is the arranging of morphemes into words. It implies the noun serves as a subject or object to give meaning to the word.

Phonology is the process of combining sounds to construct meaning in a given language (Piper, 2012). As children move through the stages of language aqusition, they learn to recognize and reproduce sounds to communicate.

Syntax governs how words are structured to form meaning in sentences (Menyuk, 1976). The rules of syntax follow a subject-verb-object or subject-verb-object pattern.

Structure of Language

The meaning of a word is altered when the physical properties of the sound change. Bat * Cat * Rat

The word boathouses is constructed from 3 morphemes or different meanings: boat + house + suffix s


Consonants andVowels

Using present and past tense, prefixes, and suffixes changes meaning.



In Korean the formal and informal use of conjunctions imply age or seniority.

While please and thank you in English are added to convey politeness.


ReferencesPiper, T. (2012). Making meaning making sense children’s early language learning. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education Inc. Menyuk, P. (1976. November 12-16). Development o syntax: The bridge between meaning and sound. International Symposium on Child Language Acuqusition Acapulco, Mexico.

The cat sat on the mat.


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