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You are learning Russian in preparation for a trip next summer. You have gotten to the point where you can sound out the words written in the Cyrillic alphabet, but you do not understand what any of the words mean.

What element of the Russian language will you need to start learning next?
A) syntax
B) phonemes
C) morphemes
D) pragmatics

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Answer: C
Rationale: Morphemes are the smallest meaningful units of a language, such as words, prefixes, and suffixes. In this example, the phonemes (i.e., basic sounds) used in Russian have already been learned, but the meaning of words is not understood. Learning syntax is also important for learning a new language, but syntax is useless without knowing at least a few morphemes.

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