Language as a Way of Knowing

“Who does not know another language does not know his own” – Goethe

This quote provides much meaning and significance to the word “language”. Our mean of communication and understanding is through the use of language. How will you ever know the significance of how you present your ideas through the use of certain words if you have not evaluated or compared it to another language? Once you have developed understanding through another mean of communication, you then understand the importance and significance of how your language is constructed, as well as a different perspectives to your own. You can convert your ideas in different orders and manners depending on the type of language you have studied. For example, I take spanish as my second language and I have learned through the couple years of studying, that our own language is more complex than other languages. I have noticed that the English language is much more complicated compared to the Spanish language, which I would’ve never known without taking another language. Then again, it is easy to me because I know and use my language every day and find it easy, but to others who do not speak English, it is hard. 

 

To what extent should offensive language be censored. Can a language be banned?

There are certain words in our language that are intended to be hurtful, however recently some negative words have been deprived from there true meaning. Sometimes saying this “offensive language” is perceived as normal and not harmful at all. The mindset towards offensive language is slowly starting to turn a corner in a way that people don’t look negatively down on any particular set of words because it is used so often. Not to say these words can be used against someone because they can be and actually still are, which can be a problem. In comparison, it may start being that words we wouldn’t necessarily have ever thought to be offensive are starting to be perceived as offensive. However, in reality we can’t mentally control a person, and that being said, offensive language couldn’t be banned or censored successfully. 

This article discusses a particular word that is being banned in Israel because of how it is being used and what meaning it gives off in that country. It discusses how the people feel about this new law: 

 

Questions:

1. How much could you know about the world if you had no language or means of communicating with other people?

This setback would cost you from knowing and experiencing all the pleasures of life and what it has to offer. You would find little knowledge about the world because you would only have your perspectives and experiences to go by, instead having other opinions to compare yours to. Friendship and love are both products of the building of communication with other people. Missing out on this huge important factor would be life damaging. 

This TedTalk is based on kids with autism, whom have trouble with communication and language. 

 

2. What are some examples of words that have entered the English language as a result of the computer revolution?

Some words have become common in our English language due to the computer revolution. For example, we use the word ‘google’ as a verb now. “I am going to google that,” or “I just googled this.” We use the word Facebook and tweeted as well. “I Facebooked that earlier today,” and “I tweeted that this morning.” 

Here is a list of words added to the English language:

 http://dranil-marketingmusings.blogspot.com/2010/12/iv-new-words-that-have-entered-into.html

 

3. Many jokes are based on ambiguity…can you give an example?

How do you make a pig fast?……………take away his food

 

4. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of everyone in the world spoke a common language? What would be gained and what would be lost?

There would be no diversity and no new experiences for people to have. You wouldn’t be able to obtain the full experience of traveling to another country and learning another culture’s language. If everyone spoke the same language, then everyone will most likely have the same culture. If there is no diversity the it would be hard to differentiate between people and how we would acknowledge them. The world would be no fun and we wouldn’t learn much more of anything about anyone because we would all be the same. I obviously have more of a negative opinion about this, however a benefit from this could be that everyone would be easily categorized and no one would have to be studied and/or examined much. 

Here, people voted and responded by justifying their answer to the question, “Would the world be better off if we all spoke the same language?”:

http://www.debate.org/opinions/would-the-world-be-better-off-if-everyone-spoke-the-same-language

 

5. In 1947, the U.S. Department of War was renamed the Department of Defense. Do you think this makes a difference? Explain.

The original name, ‘Department of War’ gave off a feeling of being more inclined to war and in favor of it. I some ways it seemed basic and that it wouldn’t serve anything help and defense to war. However, changing the last word to defense made all the difference because it ensures that this department will provide good quality safety. It has a much better “slogan name”. 

 

6. Take 2 advertising slogans of your choice – such as “Just Do It” by Nike- explain why you think they are effective (or not)

“Every kiss begins with Kay” by Kay Jewelry 

This is an effective slogan because who wouldn’t want to receive a kiss from giving a gift? Not only does it promise a kiss out of buying their jewelry but the slogan in general is very catchy, and when something is very catchy, you will automatically remember it when you are searching for a jewelry stores. When something is catchy and well-known, it can persuade someone to think it is better quality than others. 

“Eat Fresh” by Subway 

Who wouldn’t want to be eating fresh, yummy, healthy food? The phrase ‘Eat Fresh’ gives off the impression that this is going to be healthy food. Everyone wants to eat healthy but still eat good food. This slogan reels people in with its catchy, well-known tune and “healthy” impression. 

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