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Understanding the Lingo

Terms associated with language development

Term
Definition

Articulation

The production of individual sounds in connected speech.

Babble

Repetition of consonant-vowel combinations in play.

Expressive language

Gestures, sounds, and words used to communicate to others.

Intelligibility

Capability of being understood, even by a stranger. A child may have many articulation errors but his speech may still be understood.

Intonation

Changes in volume or quality used in connected speed to add meaning.

Jargon

The use of associated meaningless syllables with speech inflection patterns; production of sentence like utterances without using words.

Model

To give an example for you child to imitate, such as naming objects or phrases.

Receptive language

The ability to understand what is being communicated by others.

Verbalize

To express something in words.

Vocalize

To produce consonant or vowel speech sounds, or to use words.

 
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