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The Early Stages of Communication
How old were you when you first began to talk? For most of us it was around the age of two or three when we began to form our first simple sentences. However, this was not the start of our understanding of native language, as fetuses in our mothers' wombs we began to recognize repeated sounds, words and language. The process of putting sounds together to make words is a long process, taking months to get the sounds to come out just right, eventually forming words and later sentences. The ability to communicate increases as we grow and learn, even those without a voice are able to sign to others to communicate their complex thoughts and ideas.
As we grow in our understanding of our native languages we are able to make inferences and understand sentences that might have multiple meanings just by relating the sentence to the current context. We also have the ability to fill in missing words or make sense of grammatical errors. Communication also ties into the key concepts of thinking and reasoning. Both these ideas are complex thought processes that can be shared through communication. Without communication, the task of problem solving and decision making would be quite difficult. Information fond in Chapter 8 of Psychology From Inquiry to Understanding Second Edition

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