Gee… been in an exam and they ask you what are the characteristics of language and then you sit there with your face looking like:
Us too… And don’t worry we got your back because we have BEEN THERE! Here are the 7 Characteristics Of Language:
Uniquely human – This means that language is used as a means by which only we humans use to
for humans only.
Symbolic – It uses words as a representation of symbols/ideas.
Evolutionary/Maturational/Dynamic – All those apply, they mean that one manifestation
of language changes over time, where new words are coined. We even have examples.
Verbal & Non Verbal – Written and also spoken. Example: Saying “I like you” and even winking.
Non-Intrinsic – This means that you can naturally learn a language. Just like a baby
who grew up with Spanish speaking parents and voila! The child speaks Spanish!
Arbitrary – There is no essential relation to the word used and the meaning conveyed. This just means that context matters.
There you go, now take these 7 characteristics of language and soar through cxc CAPE exams, thank us later ;).