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1. Language structure important in cognition, but is it really? For example, if a child said to you, "You, me, cookie, go now, hurry," you would know what the child meant even though it is not grammatically correct, how is that possible?

2. How does language diversity impact the cognitive process?

3, How does language (gestures, symbols, vocalizations, written and drawn symbols) impact our ability to think and to develop a concept of self hood? Would we be able to complete cognitive functions without language?

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1. Language structure important in cognition, but is it really? For example, if a child said to you, "You, me, cookie, go now, hurry," you would know what the child meant even though it is not grammatically correct, how is that possible?

The structure of language includes more than being grammatically correctness, such as:
· The rules or principles that predict how sounds are made and how are they used (phonology-patterning of sounds)
· Sound sequences convey meaning and how meaningful sound sequences strung together to form words (morphology-patterning of sound sequences and words)
· Words strung together to form phrases and sentences (patterning of phrases and sentences) (http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/~reffland/anthropology/language/what1.html).

Because the structure of language includes more than grammatical structure, we learn to understand the language of a child, and therefore can cognitively put together the child's pattern and sequencing of words, such as "You, me, cookie, go now, hurry," and make sense of what the child wants through understanding the meaning of the words, even though it is not grammatically correct.

2. How does language diversity impact the cognitive process?

Understanding the language of other people is essential to understanding the culture of that people, ...

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