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Phonological Elements of Identity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Language consists of multiple levels, including grammatical, lexical, semantic, morphological, syntactical, pragmatic, prosodic, and phonological. The grammatical level of language pertains to unconscious rules of a language related to competence and performance. The lexical level encompasses vocabulary. Semantics relates to meaning in its myriad forms, whereas morphological refers to the smallest meaningful units of language. Examples of these small, meaningful units are the past tense marker,-ed, and the third person, singular, present tense marker,-s. The syntactical level ...

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