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Are truths obscured by the languages in which we express them? I find that truths are obscure by the languages that we express them in because in many cases translation from one language to another doesn't

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Are truths obscured by the languages in which we express them? I find that truths are obscure by the languages that we express them in because in many cases translation from one language to another doesn't have the same meaning. Languages are expressed in obscures truths, but truth is also influenced to different extents. The main kinds of truth that will be analysed in this paper are scientific and emotional truth. Personally, I have learned several languages in my early lifetime, and I have recognised that translating a language to another, will have consequences to its meaning in the phrase and thus I believe when we create a truth in one language and try to translate it, some of the truth is lost in the translation. Words change over time which losses their meanings, and thus this affects our capability of discovering truth. Known throughout the world is that language is used for communication. However, language is also used outside interpersonal communication. The quote 'Interpersonal communication is the main use and that other uses are derived from it' (Edward p482). This statement leads us to a conclusion that when studying the nature of language, we are mostly looking at the nature of the units it is made of. ...read more.

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That is why we sometimes see some people shout their point of view more clearly. Another kind of truth is scientific truth. Ayer calls 'The strong theory can be used. If a sentence has no meaning it couldn't be true, and a sentence has meaning, if it is verifiable empirically' (Magill p2128). Scientific truths should be difficult to understand. In scientific truth there has to be consideration that language has a big role in our knowledge of science. Problems arise come from this such, as expression of feeling is not dealt in science. For example you will have no problem understanding a quadratic formula because only numbers are used. However some sentences in science are not provable because of the present sate of science. Because we have to use words in science, which makes us consider that there is an impossibility to obscure a scientific truth, but language is bewitched in this case it is small. Going back to prove my introduction about how language can't be translated precisely because there will be an element lost. Last year in English class we read two novels by German authors that have been translated into English. For example we read 'Cat and Mouse'. ...read more.

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This is the same through translating novels from language to language. This is called slang (teenager talk). Slang is made up of phrases that change with time (illustrated before). If an author uses slang in his novel then when translated it at the date it is published the translation will be different to someone translating it in the future because slang has changed over time. This means that once the text is translator later than the published day we won't be able to know the real meaning behind the phrase because slang changes over time which means it might have a different meaning in the future or time it is translated. In conclusion the truth raises questions. Can we ever know the actual truth in any object or emotion we experience? I have written this question because I find that this is very unrealistic that we will have a worldwide language. If this is going to be achieved then maybe we might be able to learn full truth without having any uncertainties. But otherwise we will always be limited to knowledge about truth. And also I find that language can obscure what we think of as true, in the present time. However, depending on the level to which language is necessary for each kind of truth, they will be affected to different extents. ...read more.

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