Psych M.D.-Language


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Term: Language
Definition (Myers): Our spoken, written, or signed words and the ways we combine them to communicate meaning.
Definition (alternative): This is a good one; we all use some form of language everyday, but how do you define it? Technically, we can say that language is a formal system of communication which involves the combination of words and/or symbols, whether written or spoken, as well as some rules that govern them. It is not even necessary for another organism to comprehend the language, for it to actually be a language, just that it meets the above description. Link
Contextual explanation: Language is considered to be an exclusively human mode of communication. Although other animals make use of quite sophisticated language, humans use a variety of forms of language. Language is a body of words combined to communicate with one another. Language is usually a system created for people of common community, nation, or culture. Language of communication can be written, spoken, or signed words (hand gestures). Thus, a particular manner of verbal expression.
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Related websites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language
http://www.psychology.org/links/Environment_Behavior_Relationships/Language/
http://reference.howstuffworks.com/body-language-encyclopedia.htm

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