Relationship Between Language And Mental Health

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The focus of the study of linguistics has always been on its cognitive aspect. There was the agreement that language was in many aspects a universal concept. These early linguists did not appreciate the position and influence of culture on language. It is the shift in focus that has shown the study of language as essential to anthropology, and through language that symptoms are expressed, and language forms the medium through which many aspects of treatment are delivered (Swartz et al, 2014). Following that thinking, it then has an effect on mental health. There is evidence that immigrants will more often than not feel isolated in host countries and a large part of the incidences is due to the language barrier. This paper shall look at the relationship between language and mental health. It is a situation that begets immigrants of almost all types. It becomes even worse if the immigrant is in a country where he has to learn the host language from scratch. The isolation will have a direct effect on one’s mental health. Research has shown that humans did not wholly develop speech as a biological adaptation. Of course, there are biological developments that made speech possible; however, they do not tell the whole story. There is now overwhelming evidence that language was as much a social evolution as a biological one. It was an easier and more efficient way of communicating. It also afforded the humans to be able to pass a far wider range of messages than the other animals.
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