Language and Memory Paper

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Language and Memory Paper

Donnell M. Thomas
University of Phoenix
PSYCH 560/ Cognitive Psychology
Dr. Kristi Collins-Johns
15th August 2010

Language and Memory Paper
Language is important to the way we communicate. Semantic memory is acquired over the years and is vital to language. Language becomes second nature when we already know what, when and how to say something. We form sentences, phrases, paragraphs by planning what we say and how we will say it. Most people believe that when we speak, it is without thought and is done unconsciously. However, in this paper I will seek to explain the relationship between semantic memory and language production.
Explain the nature and function of semantic memory
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Communication is the key function in building our relationships with others. How we communicate is important in our well-being. Effective communication exists only when the parties involved are on the same page and grasps a clear understanding of what is being communicated. Communication is known as the key function in any relationship whether it is a personal relationship, relationship between friends, family, or co-workers. Understanding what your partner is saying (or anyone else for the matter) and how they are saying it can reduce the likelihood of confusion that most often occurs as a result of poor or mis-communication.
These are only a few of the basic principles of language, but there are so many other principles such as language and its sound system. How we sound out a word may take on a different meaning than it would if we sounded it out differently. It has been very rewarding to learn about how powerful language really is.
Examine the stages of language production.
Language production is the production of the spoken and written language. What we say is the product of what we are thinking. Levelt and his colleagues proposed a model of language production (Levelt, 1989; Levelt, 1995; Levelt, Roelefs & Meyer, 1999). This information-processing approach proposes for sequential steps in the production of language. The first step is conceptualizing what we say. The second and


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