1984 Final Paper

1984 Final Paper - Arsh Chopra CP English 12 1984 Research...

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CP English 12 1984 Research Paper In George Orwell’s 1984, we see connections between language, thought, and social control. In the book, the Party is not only trying to control the people by force, but also by invading their minds. The Party wants to limit thought by controlling speech and language. By doing so, society will be kept in total control because it will be unable to think of an alternate lifestyle. Researching the connections between language, thought, and social control enhances my understanding of social control and the text of 1984 through these connections. Throughout history, many researchers have studied the connections between thought and language. This topic has been very much like a “chicken or the egg” scenario. What comes first: thought or speech (Cromie 1)? According to Elizabeth Spelke, a professor of psychology at Harvard, “Infants are born with a language- independent system for thinking about objects” (Cromie, 4). Another major thinker of these ideas is Noam Chomsky. He is a linguistic professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies the relationship between language and thought (Szabó 2). As stated by Szabó, “According to Chomsky, the language faculty is part of our biological endowment” (6). Along with this, Chomsky claims that “language arises in the mind of a child at a very early age and goes through a series of stages until it can be developed no more” (Szabó 8). In Chomsky’s analysis, language develops naturally because the human mind is cognitive. He says that the initial state of language development is a Universal Grammar which is later reformed based on the language of the child’s surroundings. Initially, everybody starts off with the same linguistic foundation (Szabó 9-12).
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