Language is the organization of sounds or symbols that are used to communicate thoughts or feelings. Language consists of content, form, and use. How we say something refers to our form. What we say refers to the content of our language.
Why we say something refers to our use of language. Receptive language refers to the skills involved in understanding language. Expressive language refers to the skills of being precise, complete and clear when expressing thoughts and feelings, answering questions, relating events, and carrying on a conversation.
Components of Language
Semantics refers to the use of vocabulary to produce meaningful sentences.
Syntax refers to word order and the rule governed combinations of words used to form grammatical sentences.
Morphology refers to the learning and use of meaningful units as a word alone eg. house or suffixes or prefixes that express meaning such as verb tense or noun number (eg. ‘s, -ed).
Phonology refers to the knowledge of sounds and the rules governing acceptable, or grammatically correct
combinations of those sounds into words.
Language problems in children can be revealed in different ways
Rana Gupta is a speech-language pathologist with Aspire Speech Pathology service Halton Peel region and the GTA. Rana specializes in interdisciplinary and professional skills, pre-school & school age articulation, language andliteracy development, adult neurological swallowing disorders and adult neurologicalcommunication disorders. www.aspirespeechpathology.com