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What is Language? To be honest, I had never thought of it as a whole. Language envelops us, its all around. Prior to my recent encounters with language, I had thought to myself, theres no possible way language is the most important Way of

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Language can be interpreted in so many ways that I had never even thought of. Throughout the lesson, my perspective on it has changed. We've all looked at language, as in English or Japanese, books or novels and various things are written on them but then comes the question. What is Language? To be honest, I had never thought of it as a whole. Language envelops us, it's all around. Prior to my recent encounters with language, I had thought to myself, there's no possible way language is the most important Way of Knowing. Oh, how very wrong I was. How would we be able to think if there was no language to think in? ...read more.

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In class, we talked about how language can completely alter the meaning of something. Language and messages may differentiate from one another ie, a translation of an English joke might be lost in translation (such as Spongebob, the humorous bits are often lost), or how people of whom speak different languages interpret sayings in different manners ie break a leg cannot be translated into French for 'good luck' or 'four' does not necessarily bring about bad luck in Western cultures but it resembles death for the Chinese. Language can be come across as quite a mind boggler if thought about in more depth. ...read more.

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Another aspect we looked at was the ability of language. Many uses were voiced but one that I believe was not mentioned was how language can preserve history. A letter can be found hundreds of years after it was written to communicate with people who live today, 100 years after. Some archaeologists and historians look at past beings such as the Egyptians. Many choose to analyse the Egyptian language that used to exist, of which is still carved into various pyramid or other structures to find out how these Egyptian people used to live. Without language, we will not know anything from the far past. ...read more.

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