What is "Expressive Language"?

                   Remember...  Language is                     different than speech!!!​



Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

  • What words mean or semantics (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)

  • How to make new words or morphology (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)

  • How to put words together to make a sentence or syntax (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Walked store the new  to Peg")

  • How we combine speech sounds to make a word or phonology (e.g. The word "puppy" is made up of 4 speech sounds (phonemes) /p/---/u/---/p/---/i/---

  • What word combinations are best in what situations pragmatics("Would you mind moving your foot?" could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)


 "Speech is the verbal means
of communicating  and consists 
  of the following": 





  • Articulation/Phonology- How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the "r" sound in order to say "rabbit" instead of "wabbit").
  • Voice- Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).
  • Fluency- The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).

When a person has trouble sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder.

When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, he or she has a speech disorder.



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  Information adapted from: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/language_speech.htm


Language DevelopmentSpeech DevelopmentArtic. vs Phonology
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