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Marius Nedelcu (M, 28)
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    is language just a tool?
    The use of language has an extended effect upon society and culture. This effect cannot be determined exactly and the intent behind its use is not the production of change but communication between individuals across time and space. Society uses language and the language grows with time and the number of it’s users.

    Let’s think for a moment about bees. Looking at language and saying it’s just a tool for communication would be like saying that bees only purpose is to collect pollen and make honey. We should not miss the less evident but far greater purpose, that of pollination and cross-pollination.

    Language has more the characteristics of an organism rather than that of a tool. It needs speakers to thrive, it mutates over time and it leaves behind a trace of poetry and literature, which eventually become the base for creation of novel forms and meanings.

    In the same way language has been used by our predecessors to record the events and fashion of times. Their character has been absorbed by language making it grow with new words. When we see language as an organism instead of a tool we notice that it exists in two mediums one recorded and one oral.

    Both mediums are multilayered and multidimensional, allowing a variable number of mutations and additions for each dimension where it activates. The mutations created in one dimension can permeate trough other layers and create new meanings.

    Natural languages manifest only in the social context and unlike a tool have no manufacturer, no instruction paper, and don’t need to be maintained artificially.

    Tue, Jul 2, 2013  Permanent link
    Categories: language
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