Seeing as language is a way of one expressing itself we can connect language to identity. As in order for one to demonstrate itself we have to be able to express our feelings and emotions and we do so through communication. Some characteristics of language is that it's dynamic, meaning that it changes constantly for example, the English people speak now is not the same English that people used to speak hundreds of years before. Language changes and modernizes itself in order to evolve and has many variations through dialects. Different language communities have certain ways of talking that will set them apart from others and those differences are known as dialects.
Chapter I Introduction Definitions of Language Language means a lot to the human society. Language has made our life civilised. Language gives identity to the people and it also represents the culture of a particular region and its people. Raj Paul Kaur states about the connection between language and culture as: “It is a widely accepted sociolinguistic fact that the language and culture are related. In fact, a colleague of mine, Dr. Hamzah Al-omar of the University of Jordan, has commented to me many times that language and culture are synonyms”(Raj pal, 2006, p. ).
Language is, “The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way” says the Oxford dictionary. Individuals who express themselves in divergent languages do in face think differently. In addition even grammar can immensely impact how we view the world. This is in adherence with the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis also known as linguistic relativity, which states that there are “certain thoughts of an individual in one language that cannot be understood by those who live in another language.” Language is an exceptional form of communication which is unique to our experience as a human being. Appreciating the role of language is establishing our ideas and views brings us nearer
When taking a closer look at language ideologies, it becomes remarkable that there is a multiplicity of them, that fact is important in theory when drawing comparisons to earlier studies (S&W&K 1998: 320). For some people, linguistic variation should symbolize domination (S&W&K 1998: 320). For every one reality is something has another meaning. Over the time, a multiplicity of language ideologies arose time changes. Some people with a higher social status, may act in favour of a linguistic variation, so they can differ from the others.
There is no culture without language, and no language without culture. Also the vocabulary is influenced by social, industrial, technological and other cultural changes. (2) Linguistics and Sign Languages The study of sign language is important to linguistics because it helps in understanding the very nature of human language, because sign languages are different from the spoken. Sign languages pose at least two important characteristics of language: 1- Every language has specific properties to share with other languages; for example, a hierarchy of morphemes, words, phrases, sentences...etc. 2- Every human has the capacity of communication with others via languages.
Language is the primary way by which we conduct our social lives and communicate with one another. And in terms of communication, language is intertwined with culture and identity. The words people speak refer to shared experiences. The words used express ideas, events, facts, and really anything because they are connected to a base set of knowledge which everyone a part of the culture knows and understands. Members of a linguistic community do not only convey experience, they construct it.
Different versions of a language is called dialects. They show changes in the patterns of speeches connected to cultural changes, class, and region. Language can also be diffused, it can be invented or follow the routes of trade. It can also go through migration, which is migration from one part of something to
A dialect is a variety of a language. Each language has several dialects that belong to different ethnic or social groups. By the use of the term “African dialects” they are all grouped together whereas none of them resemble to one another. For example Zulu (South Africa) and Wolof (Senegal) are considered as “African dialects” whereas they are official languages very different from each other. There is a complete variation of language from country to country.
“Languages do not exclude each other, but rather intersect with each other in many different ways.” (Mikhal Bakhtin, 291). Comparing the sonnets “Overheard at Al-Azhar” and “Conversaytion” by Joshua Ip, with the film 881 by Royston Tan, the reader and viewer are made aware of the shift in the use of language with relation to Singapore’s changing position, globally, culturally and socially. The changing landscape and corresponding changes in language choice suggest the importance of language as a part of cultural convention. Language as a part of culture then, arguably, explores the concept of a national identity, and of belonging. In Rubdy and McKay’s article, they argue that “language ideologies operate in powerful ways as sites of power and
Language is, indeed, a complex form of communication between people. From the original, unarticulated forms used by the people of the past, to today 's modern language, it certainly went through major changes. Because there are so many languages in the world translation is necessary for understanding each other. But can every word be translated? Do untranslatable words really exist?