There are between 4,000 and 6,000 languages remaining in the world and the characteristics of these languages vary widely. How could an infant born today master any language in the world, regardless of the language's characteristics?

Social Aspects of Language Development

Social Aspects of Language Development

Social aspects of language development

Acquiring the grammatical rules of a language is a big part of language development; however, it is not the only part. Children must also acquire the social rules of language, which means that they learn to use language appropriately in different social settings (Hymes, 1966). When children have done this, they are described as having achieved communicative competence. Communicative competence typically develops throughout childhood and through adolescence. Many teenagers are still learning the details of how they should modify their language use across different social settings in order to achieve their particular communication goals, such as delivering information, making a joke, or making amends for some prior action. Unfortunately, for some individuals, such as ...

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