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    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    #1

    I need answer.

    This question is from the linguistic course:

    Speakers of a language know many thing about the language unconciously :

    *system
    *combining words
    *rules

    Please can you give me an explanation for every one (system,combining words,rules).

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    Re: I need answer.

    Sorry, hulkman, we try not to do assignments.

    Could you show us what you know?

    We will try our best to guide you through.

    All the best.


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    #3

    Re: I need answer.

    can you give only a hints or short definition about every one.

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    Re: I need answer.

    "system" is defined here. Think, "language system". How is it similar and different from, say, a computer system?

    "combining words": speakers combine words to form phrases and sentences. For example, Max + ate + cake. Word order differs across languages. For example, English is an SVO language: subject first, verb second, object third. Prepositions and adjectives come before the nouns they modify. Compare that word order with Japanese: it's an SOV language: verb last.

    "rules": the grammar

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