Language: The Great Wall of Confusion

 

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
– Oliver Wendell Holmeslanguage

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, THAT goes to his head.   If you talk to him in his language, THAT goes to his heart.        

– Nelson Mandela

Have you ever wondered how there came to be so many languages in the world? According to research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in 2005’s ethnology report there are approximately 6, 900 living world languages. This research showed an  increase of approximately 200 living world languages within a 9 years time frame.

So why so many?

Well, there are many theories, mythologies, or opinions on how these languages came to be and why they are important. But again, why so many?

As linguist, psychologist, historians, and other professionals have attempted to explain the development and evolution of language, many are still left once more asking the question, why so many?

What purpose does language serve?

What are its forms and functions?

Which languages seem more attuned with mother nature? For what reason(s) is that so?

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And is it possible to achieve a greater sense of world community if we all spoke the SAME language?

Would there be less confusion or more advancement in matters of politics, economics, or socialism if we all spoke the same language?

According to an article published in Scientific American, your language may affect your wealth and health? Hmm, interesting?

So everyone without further ado, let’s S.I.P!

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Language: The Great Wall of Confusion”

  1. Here is a little in put on this weeks topic, Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system. The scientific study of language is called linguistics.

    Questions concerning the philosophy of language, such as whether words can represent experience, have been debated since Gorgias and Plato in Ancient Greece. Thinkers such as Rousseau have argued that language originated from emotions while others like Kant have held that it originated from rational and logical thought. 20th-century philosophers such as Wittgenstein argued that philosophy is really the study of language. Major figures in linguistics include Ferdinand de Saussure and Noam Chomsky.

    Estimates of the number of languages in the world vary between 5,000 and 7,000. However, any precise estimate depends on a partly arbitrary distinction between languages and dialects. Natural languages are spoken or signed, but any language can be encoded into secondary media using auditory, visual, or tactile stimuli – for example, in whistling, signed, or braille. This is because human language is modality-independent. Depending on philosophical perspectives regarding the definition of language and meaning, when used as a general concept, “language” may refer to the cognitive ability to learn and use systems of complex communication, or to describe the set of rules that makes up these systems, or the set of utterances that can be produced from those rules. All languages rely on the process of semiosis to relate signs to particular meanings. Oral and sign languages contain a phonological system that governs how symbols are used to form sequences known as words or morphemes, and a syntactic system that governs how words and morphemes are combined to form phrases and utterances.

    Human language has the properties of productivity, recursivity, and displacement, and relies entirely on social convention and learning. Its complex structure affords a much wider range of expressions than any known system of animal communication. Language is thought to have originated when early hominins started gradually changing their primate communication systems, acquiring the ability to form a theory of other minds and a shared intentionality.[1][2] This development is sometimes thought to have coincided with an increase in brain volume, and many linguists see the structures of language as having evolved to serve specific communicative and social functions. Language is processed in many different locations in the human brain, but especially in Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas. Humans acquire language through social interaction in early childhood, and children generally speak fluently when they are approximately three years old. The use of language is deeply entrenched in human culture. Therefore, in addition to its strictly communicative uses, language also has many social and cultural uses, such as signifying group identity, social stratification, as well as social grooming and entertainment.

    When speaking of language as a general concept, definitions can be used which stress different aspects of the phenomenon.[5] These definitions also entail different approaches and understandings of language, and they inform different and often incompatible schools of linguistic theory.[6] Debates about the nature and origin of language go back to the ancient world. Greek philosophers such as Gorgias and Plato debated the relation between words, concepts and reality. Gorgias argued that language could represent neither the objective experience nor human experience, and that communication and truth were therefore impossible. Plato maintained that communication is possible because language represents ideas and concepts that exist independently of, and prior to, language. I will answer more soon with my thoughts ,on the other parts.

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    1. Language can be very powerful, verbal and nonverbal. No matter what language you speak, their is a certain “universal” we all speak, to communicate with one another, to express a thought or feeling. When it comes to cultural differences, many languages piggy back one another with a similar spelling or the base of the word is similar from another language from a different country. When a person learns a new language, you also get a peek of that country’s culture, history and customs. When one can “understand” something totally different from themselves, you will soon realize that we are all not as different as you may wanna think. Our dialect make be different or we may have an accent that sounds strange, but through music, art, food, etc, we all break those barriers and learn to open up and be more excepting of another culture without judgment or assumption.

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  2. Language consists of codes, sounds, signs, symbols, expressions, and translations. Effective language occurs when the sender translates information into a message (encode) in the form of symbols that represent ideas or concepts for the receiver to analyze, interpret, or convert the message (decode) in order to reciprocate feedback. This input and output system works best when those who attempt to communicate speak the same language.
    These systems of communications can be verbal or nonverbal, intentional or unintentional. A smile, a wave of the hand, a song, or image are just a few mediums used to communicate. As archeologist, historians, and linguist learn more about human evolution, they also learn how human communication evolves. According to some professionals, the oldest spoken and written languages can be traced back to Africa from the pre-historic times.
    Language is art and like any form of art, it can be interpreted and communicated in many forms in which the mind uses creativity and skilled applications to express itself.
    Not everyone will interpret art of any kind in the same manner as another therefore it would not be feasible for all to speak the same language. Language diversity is needed in order for human to express themselves as individuals. However, in order for one to say they have truly evolved, one must accept and practice language beyond the native tongue and mediums. The more diverse a person is in communicating, the more hearts and minds can be liberated in creating a universal language that needs no interpretation, LOVE.

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  3. Language….The Great Wall of Confusion. According to Gascoigne, Bamber of History World there are over five thousands different types of language being used in the world today. As of 1996 Barbara F. Grimes author of the Enthnologue, 13th edition states that there are fifty commonly spoken language used in the world today with each country expanding its version to adapt to its location and it’s people. Of the five thousands languages being used in the world today, it is believed that one third is been spoken by Africans. Though many historians believe that even though a country has a particular language that is considered to be the main language of its people, up to one percent do not accept it and prefer to use a different type of dialect which is essential to the region that they are located in. From the Chinese, Mandarin to the Sindhi, many nations language do cause a great confusion to outsiders who don’t understand what is being said but because we don’t understand doesn’t mean it don’t make sense.

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