Language Observation Paper

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Language is a structure of life for humanity. Without language humanity would not be able to share ideas, feelings and knowledge. As learned in the beginning of Linguistics 440 the sound production system consists of everything in the head and face, because humans are the only living organisms who can speak, while animals utter sounds we are able to pass on ideas, feelings and knowledge to our sons and daughters. It is because of language that we can pass on our cultures from generation to generation.
When babies are born they are unable to speak, but may be able to recognize their mothers or fathers voice. As the infants get older they are able to recognize sounds and maybe even understand the meaning of some of the spoken language around them. The mother tongue is what children learn as they grow up, yet it is not uncommon for children to grow up listening to two
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Because language becomes imbedded in their brains children are able to develop a vocabulary. As children get older they are able to make up words or put words together. A child may say something such as “me like popo” which really means “I like the color purple”. I will go over some of what I observed at the CDC with children ages 3 to 5.
While at the CDC we observed children ages 3 to 5. They were of different ethnicities and some children’s vocabulary were more developed than others. As I mentioned before language is passed down generation to generation and these children are obviously a great example of the ideas and knowledge that gets passed on. One of the first things that I noticed as I sat down was that there was a lot of mimicking among each other, this is normal for their age range but is also a great mechanism to learn new things and or learn a new language. One real common word that was used