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