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What is the difference between language and communication?

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February 25, 2012 6:11AM

Communication is the process of sharing information between two

or more persons. This can be verbally, through gestures or even

body language. According to Borden, Harris, & Raphael, 1994 pg.

174 it is the transmission of thoughts or feelings from the mind of

a speaker to the mind of the listener. Communication has three

purposes: request, reject, or comment and is used to gather

thoughts, express thoughts, receive and understand information.

Language, according to Bloom and Owens, is a socially shared

code that uses a conventional system of arbitrary symbols (

alphabet ) to represent ideas about the world that are meaningful

to those who know the same code.


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