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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 49: Language and Language Development
Language and Language Development
It seems easy for most people to say something that comes to mind, to understand the words coming out of another person's mouth, or to read the words in a sentence like this one. We hardly even think about what our brains have to do in order to understand and produce language. However, our language abilities are so sophisticated that even the most powerful computers cannot match the language abilities of a five-year-old child. What makes it so easy for children to learn language? What is language?
The study of how we understand and produce language is an important part of modern psychology. In the years after World War II, there was a renewed interest in studying the mind. ...