Language As An Object, Devoid Of The Social Context Of Its Creation And Use

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Assignment 1 To view language as though it were an object, devoid of the social context of its creation and use, is to dislocate it from the field of human interaction within which language derives the full quality of its meanings Language, what is language, there isn’t a simple definition for language. People always describes language as, words, or as sounds use to convey messages between people. Yet language is much more than that, there is so much meaning behind it. Language is a living breathing entity. It is bound to thousands of years of experience and culture. The system has been redefined, condensed and specified over the years. There are over 6,500 spoken languages in the world, unfortunately about 2,000 of those languages, there…show more content…
Another non verbal method of communication is language of the body, which includes facial expression, haptic communication, gestures etc... These forms of communication rely heavily on the recipient understanding the social and cultural context of the message, because one type message in a Western culture can mean something totally different in Eastern culture. Language itself is the embodiment of culture, even for English, a language that is slowly becoming one of the more popular languages of the world, it is evolving. Even with the English there are so many variations of it, all with its own history. There are hundreds of dialects of English which includes but not limited to, Asian Englishes, African Englishes, Australian English, North American English and British English. To learn a language, is to assimilate into the culture. A voyage into the English language, for example Australian Language, different words means different things in comparison to British English or American English. The basis of these languages, however are 4 things: lexis, the words of the language, grammar, the way words used together to create a sentences, discourse, the way sentences are combined into texts and phonology, the sounds and the sound patterns of the language (Ballard, 2007). Lexis, the symbols and characters that make up a language, depending on the language, words have different meanings
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