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Language is the systematic and conventional use of sounds (or signs or written symbols) for the purpose of communication or self expression (Crystal, 1995 as cited in Hoff 2014:4)


Children learn language through exposure to language, not through being taught explicit rules. Language must be learned through exposure, and the language you learn is based on the language you hear/see (input)

The goal of language is to learn a productive grammar that can generate (or produce) an infinite number of phrases that others can understand.

# Components of Language Knowledge

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