Knowledge in everyday life
Knowledge in everyday life

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Knowledge in everyday life


In this section, you have begun to explore your knowledge about what language is and how you use it in your everyday life. In particular, you have seen that:

  • language (including literacy) is an inescapable part of everyday life;

  • language is a highly developed and specifically human system for making meaning;

  • using language involves coordinating a wide and complex range of knowledge of:

    • formal elements like sounds, words and phrases, and the rules or patterns of how they are put together;

    • paralinguistic behaviour that accompanies speech;

    • how language and context support each other;

    • how to use language in a way that is appropriate to context.

As speakers, we have both implicit and explicit language knowledge:

  • we are confident of our implicit knowledge, even if we are not fully aware of it;

  • schooling has traditionally concentrated on areas of explicit language knowledge and literacy, where we may be less confident;

  • the term ‘grammar’ may apply to both implicit and explicit knowledge, and is not just about speaking and writing ‘correctly’.


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