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You have learned about the different aspects of memory in the previous modules. Language is critical
not only to communicate with others but also to memory. Many memories are encoded using language.
Memory is much more rudimentary when language skills are not present.
Research some of the general characteristics of language and the concept of speech acquisition in
infants using your textbook, the Internet, and the Argosy University online library resources before
responding to these questions:
Researchers describe language as having six different properties. Describe the six properties. Which two
properties do you think are the most important? Explain your answers with reasons.
Jim and Sue just had a baby, and they are interested in learning more about the process of language
acquisition. They have heard about the controversy surrounding the view that speech is special. Do you
think speech is special or is it processed like other auditory stimuli? Explain your answer with reasons.
Several African languages use clicks as consonants. Jim and Sue, who are English speaking, cannot hear
the difference between the different types of clicks and have a difficult time learning one of these
languages. If they were to move to Africa when their baby is about one-year old, do you think the baby
would be able to hear the difference? Why or why not? Do you think she would hear the difference if
they moved to Africa after her tenth birthday? Give reasons for your answers.
Write your initial response in 4–5 paragraphs (one page). Apply APA standards to the citation of sources.
Language has six different properties. These properties are that language is:
1) Communicative: It means that language allows human beings to communicate
with one another and share their respective languages.
2) Arbitrary: Language helps to create an arbitrary relationship between a symbol
and a process, idea or thing, or a relationship pr description that it refers to.
3) Multiply structured: Language can be analyzed based on its structure, such as
sounds, words, phrases, are multiple levels.
4) Meaningfully structured: Language is regularly and meaningfully structures with
5) Productive: Novel utterances can be produced within the limits of language
structure by the language users.