Figure 2 A model of the language processing system for derived words and sentences. Processing components, activate linguistic representations in the sequences indicated by arrows. [from Caplan (1992). Language, Structure, Processing, and Disorders. Reproduced with permission of MIT press].

undertake language-related tasks to accomplish specific goals—to inform others, to ask for information, to get things done, etc. It was previously noted that language is subject to control from other cognitive domains; conversely, one of the most important functions of language is to operate as a control mechanism for both intra- and interpersonal thought and action.

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