The Importance Of The English Language

3246 Words13 Pages
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines language as “Language, a system of conventional spoken, manual, or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, express themselves. The functions of language include communication, the expression of identity, play, imaginative expression, and emotional release.” Language is one of those social phenomena which operate throughout the existence of a society. It is a medium, an instrument with the help of which people communicate with each other, exchange thoughts and understand one another. As a teacher of English language I would like to share with this august audience the fact that most of us present here do not speak English as our mother tongue. It is the second language that we have adopted and adapted ourselves to it. People from diverse social, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds exercise English for their subjective purposes. Then they adapt it to evolve meaning that is related and relevant for them. The result is a perceived change in constructs of language as well. These ‘new’ and ‘emerging’ varieties of English are called “World Englishes” and herald the beginning of a complex stratification of subjectivity and its implication for our understanding of the contemporary world. Walt Whitman said “Viewed freely, the English Language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all”. World

More about The Importance Of The English Language

Open Document