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4 Facts About Language

Sure! You will fall in love with learning the language.

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Often labeled a bookworm by the public, it turns out that learning a language is not only about poetry, novels, or dramas!

Interested in learning a language? Here are some facts about language. What are they?

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1. Language is arbitrary.

My language limit means my world
Everything that can be said means that it can be said clearly that when a person cannot speak, he must be silent.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language is arbitrary. In another sense, language can change forms according to demands, understanding, and use.

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2. Language is not only a tool of our daily communication, language is also a vital tool for thinking.

Philosophy and language are difficult to separate. They both exist to complement each other. Even if they can be separated, there will be defects between them. Philosophy is a thought process, while language is the object of all interpretation.

Without language, you can’t think. Without thinking there can be no knowledge. Without knowledge, there is no science. Without science, there will be no civilization. A person can’t think without using Language. Such as touching, indicating, or feeling.

From this thought process, various branches of science emerged on earth. Like the birth of a new branch of linguistics that recently emerged. Ferdinand de Saussure introduced us to the Linguistics Course. Saussure paved the way for academics, especially those in the field of language.

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3. Language is a pillar among the many other courses that were born all over the world.

As Jared Diamond wrote in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel. Language is equal to weapons, microbes, and centralized political organizations as a clear distinction between ‘civilized’ people and ‘barbarians’ or hunter-gatherers.

Without language, civilization may not emerge. Without language, there may be no dissemination of knowledge. That’s the quote that I can take from the book, and the author includes the discussion in a special chapter entitled Blueprint and Loan Script.

Before the emergence or birth of civilization, we also know that language is used as a means of communication in the community of primitive humans.

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4. Through the book ‘Cours de Linguistique Generale’, Saussure succeeded in dissecting traditional linguistics with more modern linguistics.

Then later known as structuralism.

The book is none other than the results of lecture notes given by Saussure while teaching at the University of Geneva between 1906 (three years after Saussure’s death), making him the pioneer and father of General Linguistics Modern.

Of course, making General Linguistics a compulsory subject for all university students who want to gain knowledge or just explore linguistics. Because linguistics examines the nature and intricacies of language, its study will also introduce us to courses that support linguistics.

Such as Phonology, which dissects language through sounds. Morphology examines the smallest units of word structure, before finally dissecting sentence units or Syntax. And, the rest dissect in terms of meaning or understanding, such as Semantics or Discourse.

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Donny Setiawan

Donny Setiawan

Student of Indonesian Education & Literature Department.