What is Language?

Language is a means of communicating ideas through symbols. Language is relevant for every human to understand and continually explore for many reasons.

The Relevance of Language and Studying Language?

1 The activity of using language and learning language involves aspects of the brain that correlate to cognitive health

2 Fundamental aspects of personal understanding, such as philosophy, logic, ethics, and your overall worldview, connect to language through its basic presuppositions, idioms, and common metaphors. 

Your beliefs about reality are couched in words and grammatical structure, and obviously these aspects are linguistic when we communicate them and study literature about them. If you fail to understand the interconnectedness and relevance of language in human life, you may also fail to understand how the power of thinking and communicating in life is. Words have power. Ideas influence the world. And ideas are communicated through language. 

3 You can’t fully understand a culture without knowing its language. You can’t fully understand your own culture without possessing the capacity to compare your own language with another.  

 

Cool Videos about Language

 Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.

 

In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds — and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.

 Do you have links about language, figurative language, or symbolism? Send us an email or comment below. 

 


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