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

Language is a mode of communication that can be used in both its oral and written forms to relay meaning. Because language consists of many levels, meaning resides on many levels. Language includes the grammatical, lexical, morphological, phonological, pragmatic, syntactic, and semantic levels. The grammatical level consists of descriptive rather than prescriptive rules of language. All language use adheres to rules whether speakers can articulate those rules or not. The lexical level encompasses the vocabulary of a language. ...

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