Language And Language: The Importance Of Language

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Review of Literature Language encompasses not just perceptions toward grammatical gender, but culture as well. Essentially, language shapes the way one processes information not only because of cultural connotations underlying the meaning of a word or phrase, but due to the limitations of the language itself. The ability to form a sentence is limited by the structure of a language, and the ability to express oneself in the same language is limited by how one can think in that language. This is precisely why there exist “untranslatable words” across the spectrum of languages, and hence moulds thought itself (Chomsky, 1957)(Ross, 1976). Language and Perception There is justification that perception alters with language. In fact, auditory perception is one of the primary factors which determines the quality of foreign language acquisition(Mueller, 1958). Often, one transfers similar sounds, or more specifically, phonemes from one language to another, in order to accommodate a lack of clear auditory perception of the foreign sound. Hence, accents are easily transferred from one’s native language to a foreign language. Similarly, when given reading material in a foreign language, we “hear” what we read. That is, our mind automatically shifts to a mode that dictates that we perceive all the sounds based on the text we are given and then think in the foreign language in order to respond appropriately. The way we hear these sounds in our mind is in conjunction with how we mouth
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