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ability to use two languages about equally well

Broca's aphasia

condition characterized by inarticulate speech and by difficulties with both using and understanding grammatical devices - prepositions, conjunctions, word endings, complex sentence structures and so forth.


1. In vision, a period when the eyes are steady

2. In Freud's theory, a persistent preoccupation with an immature psycho-sexual interest, as a result of frustration at that stage of psycho-sexual development.

language acquisition device

built-in mechanism for acquiring language


linguistic unit of meaning


unit of sound in speech


ability to express new ideas


quick jump in the focus of the eyes from one point to another

transformational grammar

system for converting a deep structure of a language into a surface structure

Wernicke's aphasia

condition marked by difficulty recalling the names of objects and impaired comprehension of language

Williams syndrome

genetic condition characterized by mental retardation in most regards but skillful use in language

word-superiority effect

Identifying a letter with greater ease when it is part of a whole word than when it is presented by iteself