Common Concepts Surrounding Human Language

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Harvey A. Daniels writes about common concepts surrounding human language in his “Nine Ideas about Language.” According to Daniels, language critics believe language is changing. The changes that are being noticed are the increase in use of jargon and the lack of people speaking a standard dialect. Consequently, some linguists are describing these changes in language as a “crisis.” To refute this claim, Daniels looks to explain how language has basic features, structures, and operations. He then continues with nine ideas that show ideas of what linguists believe identify errors and misinterpretations of language. The first idea presented by Daniels is “Children learn their native language swiftly, efficiently, and largely without instruction.” Apparently, learning an oral language is a natural ability that children have. Humans have brains that are prepared to learn language. Every language has the following procedures in common: ways of saying statements, questions, and commands; ways of referring to past time; and the ability to negate. These procedures are acquired by children through hearing what is said around them. Children are never truly taught how to talk. It is learned though observation and trial and error. Daniels analyzes the actual rules of language. The article explores the subconscious rules children follow in order to make meaningful and complex expressions. The rules being followed concern sounds, words, arrangements of words, and the social aspects of speaking. Additionally, Daniels explains the arbitral nature of language comes through each different language having a different set of rules. These rules arise from an unspoken consistent agreement among native speakers. “Everyone speaks a dialect” is another ... ... middle of paper ... ...o people. This was something I had never thought about. The adaptations of language with technology would have been a great topic to explore. Our world is relying on digital communications more than ever. Hover, we are still able to articulate out ideas in the same way as before. Arguably, we are able to have more communications with people because we are able to in a quicker manner. The connections between rapid communication and language has made people adapt to using shorter words and Overall, I think Daniels has very valid points on to why history can explain how language does not die but adapts to the needs and wants of the current societies. Since the beginnings of language, humans have created different societies. The amount of adaptations that language has experiences is impossible to examine. However, Language has been there, and will continue to be there.

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