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Unformatted text preview: Morphology order of letters, ability to comprehend words youve never seen Syntax how words combine to form phrases and sentences Semantics interpreting meaning of sentences Pragmatics ability to use context to interpret meaning Language only exists in the mind. Linguistic competence is stored in a: Lexicon all the words you know, what functions they serve, how they are pronounced Mental grammar rules of a language system Descriptive grammars analyzing generalizations of descriptive observations Speech is primary and writing is secondary Prescriptive grammar the socially embedded notion of correct or proper grammar, tells how to write or speak Diphthongs complex vowels composed of a sequence of two different configurations...
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- Spring '08