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IB # 000841-021 1 Languages in History The world has evolved into many variations of language, which both define and articulate the people who use and depend on such as forms of communication. The theory as to why there are so many forms of communication and languages dates back to the beginning of the world’s history. At some point, only one form of spoken language existed. Through time, the dialects and forms of speech have taken on lives of their own. Each type of language is inimitable in its own way. The contrast between what counts as language and what does not is usually clear enough, once individuals look for evidence of productivity and duality of structure in communicative behavior (Crystal 11). Cultures help steer a person in a certain direction according to that particular language. How did various languages throughout history derive and what were the main contributors? There are numerous hypotheses, which attempt to attribute an answer. When one looks to understand language, one first has to comprehend the philosophy of reason to appreciate and empathize the meaning behind what is communicated. Reason is the ability to form concepts in abstraction, defining the differences between rationality and logic. It is fundamental in history’s evolution. People had to reason their decisions and do what they felt was right. Many of earth’s leaders, as well as the ordinary person walking down the street, have made these arduous decisions. No matter the background of the person, he still assisted in history, because every individual plays a key role. No matter how significant a person thinks his role in life is, each individual creates his own place in history’s cycle. Throughout the world, there are many different languages and cultures. Over time, some have evolved into a more popular type than others have. English and Spanish are two of the most popular in the United States today, second and third in the world. There are numerous other
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IB # 000841-021 2 languages such as Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Japanese, and German to name a few (Weber). These languages have played a vital role in the advancement of culture in the world. Without language, the world would not be what it is today. Each language possesses cultural expectations that lead the one speaking that language toward a certain future. Tomorrow’s choices will someday become history.
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