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17 18 Speech, language, and communication Language is a dynamic yet complicated system of symbols, spoken and written, used in various ways for thought and for communication. The historical, social, and cultural environment in which it is used shapes the language. Language governs behavior. Influential factors in learning and using language include biologic, cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental factors. Effective use of language in communication requires understanding of human interactions beyond just the spoken words, for just as important are non-verbal cues (body language), motivation, and social-cultural roles.

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