The Importance Of Language Creation And Language Change

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Language creation and language change have long been topics that genuinely interest linguists. They apply their knowledge to different disciplines all across the spectrum of linguistics, from sign language to vowel changes. Sign languages, which convey meaning through complex hand gestures and facial expressions, are relatively young languages that emerged among deaf communities across the globe. On the other hand, vowel shifts are changes in language pronunciation that have been taking place throughout human history. Despite all the research that has been done, linguists are still uncertain about factors that contribute to language creation. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to infer that language creation is fostered by communities where communication is hindered, and that the size of the community is a determining factor. Language change, on the other hand, is mainly driven by the ways in which people interact on a daily basis. The desperate need for communication in small communities is the first step toward creating new languages. One of the best pieces of evidence we have for how language emerges is homesign, which is also an example of how language creation is influenced by size. Homesign system, "a self-created system of communication used by deaf individuals who have not been exposed to a sign language" (Brentari & Goldin-Meadow, 2016, p.364), is created uniformly among deaf individuals who are not exposed to any spoken or sign language as a means of communicating
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