Psy 360 Language Essay

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Language Essay
Ryan Butler
Psychology 360
August 29, 2011
Professor Newlin

Have you ever wondered how we speak? How about why our communication is considered a language and other animal’s communication is not considered language? A wide range of beliefs exist on what defines language. Thus, by exploring the definition of language and lexicon, evaluating language’s key features, the four levels of language structure and processing, and the role of language in Cognitive Psychology, an understanding of what language is becomes clear. Let us begin by defining language and a term named lexicon.
One big question, when the subject of language comes up, is exactly what language is. What
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