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What is language? What are its functions, advantages, and limitations?

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Andrew Gaudio October 13, 2003 Theory of Knowledge Mr. Bamforth What is language? What are its functions, advantages, and limitations? Language is a written code used for communication or for the displaying of data. There are two different types of language: Mathematical (numerical) and natural (e.g. English). An advantage to natural language is to ease the difficulties of communication. An advantage of mathematics as a language is that problems can be solved in an organized and easy-to-follow order. Both types of languages have their limitations. A limitation of natural language is that it is subjective. A limitation of mathematics as language is that it is not used a form of communication. Natural language is a form of communication developed over thousands of years as humans developed civilization. From prehistory up to the present language had been evolving. ...read more.

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For example, some situations in history were so bad that no words can express them fully (a situation could be the treatment of slaves in colonial America). Music is a form of language that is better suited to expression. Also, there are more ways to interpret natural language. One individual may read a passage in a story and interpret in differently then someone else. This is common in literature. Tone is also sometimes hard to determine especially in e-mail messages. Functions of mathematics or numerical languages are that problems can be solved orderly and in an easy-to-follow sequence. Without mathematical languages a lot of things would not be possible. For example, architecture would not be possible without math. As a result, we would not have large buildings to live in. Technology would not be possible without math wither. ...read more.

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Natural languages are not so difficult to learn. As a matter of fact, humans can learn up to three natural simultaneously. It does not matter whether an individual is a genius or below average; intelligence has nothing to do with it. It is a capacity all humans have that enable us to learn three languages at the same time if exposed to them. Unfortunately, most individuals do not have this capacity for mathematics, making it harder to learn. In conclusion, language is a written code that means something. Natural languages are used for communication. Its main advantage is that it makes communication easier. Its limitations are that natural languages can be misinterpreted and can not always be used for expression. Mathematics is a language that is used to solve difficult problems. Its advantages are helping us invent new things, such as the construction of buildings and the inventing of technology. Its limitation is that it is complicated and difficult for most individuals to learn. ...read more.

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