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Language

Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system. The scientific study of language is called linguistics. Questions concerning the philosophy of language, such as whether words can represent experience, have been debated since Gorgias and Plato in Ancient Greece. Thinkers such as Rousseau have argued that language originated from emotions while others like Kant have held that it originated from rational and logical thought. 20th-century philosophers such as Wittgenstein argued that philosophy is really the study of language. Major figures in linguistics include Ferdinand de Saussure and Noam Chomsky.

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I've found this TedTalk to be extremely helpful. Especially the part where he mentions learning things that are relevant in your life. Many language classes teach you things that you'll never use, and so you forget them. If the vocabulary and grammar are important to YOUR life, you'll remember them better!

Contributed by Laura Kathleen

Language is Powerful

I love learning new things about language! It's so beautiful how different languages convey meaning. It holds so much more significance!

Contributed by Haley Ourada

The video above makes perfect sense when we are confronted in an uncomfortable situation. We know the language to speak, we know how to communicate, and we know the kind of words we should be speaking but no matter how well educated you are, or how well you can speak in whatever language. Our mind knows that we cannot speak up when we are nervous! Just my 2 cents!

Contributed by Jon Hwang

Learning Old English

Just look at it for a second...

Contributed by Tori Griffin

This is great! It's hard to believe that this language evolved to become modern English. I am definitely thankful our words are not this difficult to pronounce.

Contributed by Tori Griffin

In France, there is a committee of elite people who decide any changes or updates to be made to the language.

Contributed by Pheabie Meow

This is old, but it is a great example.

Contributed by Chad McKay Garvin

Have you ever had the thought when you hear someone speak in another language.... "When they speak Spanish do they hear English?" What makes the other person speaking Greek or Arabic naturally respond to one others word. What does English sound like to another person with a whole another different natural language? What do English people sound like to Spanish speaking people?

Contributed by Kolten Manz

Imagine if you lost your ability to use language...

Contributed by Sara Cornett

Learn a 2nd language for free! I checked this out before I posted this. It is legitimately FREE. You can choose from only a handful of language (I think because of the similarity in alphabets), but still. I'm personally going to attempt to learn Italian.

Contributed by Keri Potter

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