Language

Objectives:

  1. Describe the structure of language in terms of sounds, meanings and grammar.

  2. Trace the course of language acquisition from the babbling stage through the two-word stage.

  3. Explain how the nature-nurture debate is illustrated in the theories of language development.

  4. Discuss Whorf's linguistic relativity hypothesis and the relationship between thoughts and language.

  5. Describe the research on animal cognition and communication, and discuss the controversy over whether animals can use language.

Vocabulary: language, phonemes, morphemes, grammar, semantics, syntax, babbling stage, one-word stage, two-word stage, telegraphic language, linguistic relativity,