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Semantics and Pragmatics
- Differentiate among homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, and hyponyms.
- Explain how innate biological factors and cultural factors can influence the interpretation of nonverbal communication.
Sociolinguistics and Language Acquisition
- Outline the stages of first-language acquisition.
- Contrast the different forms of bilingualism.
Communication and Language
- Explain why English is used so widely as an international language.
- Differentiate between linguistic competence and linguistic performance.
- Describe how language changes over time.
- Distinguish between the words communication and language.
Morphology and Syntax
- Describe the ways that new words are coined.
- Define the words grammar and syntax.
- Distinguish between phrases and clauses.
- Identify different sentence types based on the clauses used to construct each type.
Sign Language and Speech
- Compare and contrast how sign language is acquired by deaf children to how hearing children acquire speech.
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