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Language
A structured system of symbols used for communicating meaning
Onomatopoeia
A word formed by imitating the sound associated with its meaning
Phonological rules
Deal with the correct pronunciation of words
Syntactic rules
Dictate the proper order of words for the intended meaning.
Semantic rules
Govern the meanings of individual words
Pragmatic rules
Deal with the implications or interpretations of statements
Sementic triangle
Referent
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symbol reference
Denotative meaning
A word's literal meaning or dictonary definition
Connotative meaning
A word's implied or secondary meaning, in addition to it's literal meaning
Loaded Language
Terms that carry strongly positive or nagative connotations.
Ambiguous Language
Having more than one possible meaning