Abstract: Language as a Pill in Times of Recession: A Pragmatic View of Statements of Public Office Holders connotes that, language and man can never be separated. It is the most outstanding characteristic which distinguishes man from non thinking animals. It is basically the means of communication used by human beings. Language is a system of arbitrary symbols combined according to the ruler of grammar for the purpose of communication. The general assumption of education symbols is to impart knowledge and it is the bedrock of development in any society, yet it largely depends on language. It is only through the use of effective language that knowledge can be impacted. This paper recognizes the positive roles of language as a pill in times of recession and as a tool for eradication of poverty in all aspects of human endeavour. The concept of language, pill, recession and public office holders were examined. The paper assumes that in spite of the usefulness of formal education, economic recession which brings poverty is a serious obstacle and has negative impacts towards attaining effective formal education.
Language as a Pill in Times of Recession: A Pragmatic View of Statements of Public Office Holders
Language is an abstract system of symbol and meanings. This system includes grammar that relates meaning so that we can communicate with each other. As language plays very important role in the development of a person personality. Not only in personality but by learning more than one language it can develop person’s cognitive skills, learning more than one language also important in social development of person. As language is not the creation of one person or of one period but it is an institution, on which hundreds of generations and countless individual workers have worked.
Language, a system of conventional spoken, manual (signed), or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, express themselves. The functions of language include communication, the expression of identity, play, imaginative expression, and emotional release.
A language is a structured system of communication. Language, in a broader sense, is the method of communication that involves the use of – particularly human – languages.
Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system. Language is the divine gift of the god. It is language that distinguishes man form animals. Language is man’s finest asset. To the philosopher, language may be the instrument of thought, for we think through language. Language is an extremely important way of interacting with the people around us. Without language we cannot communicate with people. As it is a vital tool for communication. We all know that we are living in multilingual world that is becoming globalized and therefore it is very important to know more than one language.
By learning more than one language it could open many career doors, it can help us progress in our career, we can gain awareness of other cultures and it can increase our understanding and knowledge towards language. In today era it is compulsory to learn at least 2 languages. Knowing language is not only means of communication but it builds economic relationships, friendships, and culture ties. As we all know that English language had become a unique language, but in this world there are still many people who don’t know even English language. English is one such connecting links. Learning language fascinate opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with full confidence. John Stuart Mill (1806) referred that “language to be the light of the mind”. In today era, the basic knowledge of a single or more language has become crucial.
Language has become the major tool of communication between countries, cultural groups, varies companies and organizations, communities and friends. Wittgenstein says “The limit of my language is the limit of my world”. He implies that people those who speaks one language, live only in one world. A baby is born without language, but even without any formal training, at the age of 4 or 5, the child knows several hundred words and grammar of a particular language. For a last few years, millions of people across the world, who share common interest, are able to communicate with each other and exchange ideas. Not only they are able to do this due to advanced technology, but also because they share a common language. Language is the bridge which connects individual and the outside world. Language is closely related to the culture, you can only get to understand the person very well if you can speak his language. Due to the development of technology, our world today is the world of information with a fast speed of globalization. Thus understanding each other through language become an even more important issue.
Language is like a vehicle that we use in presenting our ideas, thoughts, feelings, and opinion to the world. As Chomsky proves the purpose of language he said “the purpose of language is for communication”. Krech also explained the major function of language form the following three aspects:
- Language is the primary vehicle of communication
- Language reflects both the personality of the individual and the culture of the society.
Languages make possible the growth and transmission of culture, and the continuity of societies, and the effective functioning and control of social group.
Concept of Language
Oxford English Dictionary defines language as “Words and the methods of combining them for the expression of thoughts”. According to Edward Sapir (1921), “Language is a purely human and non-instinctive method of communicating ideas, emotions and desires by means of voluntarily produced symbols.”
According to Harmer, (1994) “Language is species specific.” Language is one of the most important and characteristic forms of human behavior.” According to B. Bloch, (1942), “A language is a system of arbitrary vocal symbols by means of which a social group cooperates.”