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Sullens - Sullens Ashley Paper#2 Theoretical Debate Essay...

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Sullens, Ashley Paper #2 Theoretical Debate Essay November 10, 2010 “Language” Language is what makes us “human”, but what is language really? I’ve searched many dictionaries and articles and journals, and have found that language is a very broad and widely diffused term. Researchers of linguistics, philosophy, and nature of language all share one thing –which is each of them have different views and theories for the history of language. In other words, in regards to language and there being one truth that everyone is seeking to discover, there really isn’t one because language is not finite, it’s infinite. I’ve read many theories of what people thought of language, the best phenomenon that I personally felt was impressive, was that “Language is evolution”. A few researchers of linguistics felt that language is “hard-wired” in the human brain. Their theory of universal grammar binds with humans being born speaking the language that they were not explicitly taught, but the language that the generations before them grew up “knowing”. One can argue “how does a person just grow up “knowing” how to speak a language”. This theory doesn’t justify language being hard-wired in our brain, why? Those of religious values and beliefs may argue that when GOD created man, everyone initially began speaking the same language and that later on in the bible a situation came about where GOD didn’t want certain groups understanding each other anymore, thus the birth of a different language(s). Others who rely more on science and who may not believe in a supreme being could oppose and say that GOD didn’t create man, man evolved from animals, so why are there different colors, and races of people across the world that speak different languages etc.
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