What is Language B

What is Language B - Eng 210-001 January 23, 2008 What is...

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Eng 210-001 January 23, 2008 What is Language? When initially asked, “What is language?” I could not answer anymore than my canine companion could. After a few lectures and some thought I have recognized that although language is not easily described, I can answer the question. Through arbitrary sounds and symbols language is a system for communication thoughts, concepts, and feelings. Linguists study language and attempt to determine how language is utilized, acquired, and structured. Linguists have many questions to answer about the functions and properties of all human languages – not just one particular language. Most importantly language separates the human race from the rest of the animal world. Human language differs from the way animals might communicate with one another in many ways. Human language is creative – we have the ability to create an infinite number of new sentences that can be understood by others. Human language also features displacement in which we may speak of events/thoughts in the past, present, or another location. Language is
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course ENG 210 taught by Professor Bolonyai during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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What is Language B - Eng 210-001 January 23, 2008 What is...

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